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The Dominance of Two Parties in the Politics of Ghana's 4th Republic: The Electoral System a Factor?

Addae Amoako Michael

Abstract: The paper presents why there has been domination of two parties in the country?s fourth republic. Ghana has gone through a myriad of electoral reforms and elections in the fourth republic resulting in two-party system which is at variance with the constitutional provisions of multi-party democracy. There have been varied views as to the cause of the two-party dominance attributable to efficient and workable manifestos, lack of state funds of parties to have equal measure of strength and ethnic dimensions to voting pattern. The focus of the paper is to examine whether the electoral system of majoritarian and plurality rule has contributed to the dominance of two parties with scholarly articles as a source of secondary data. The study found out that the de-facto two party systems in Ghana is as a result of electoral system which translates votes cast into seats or executive power.

Keywords: electoral system, dominance, parties, Ghana

Country: Ghana, Subject Area: Political Science

Pages: 1800 - 1805

Edition: Volume 8 Issue 3, March 2019

How to Cite this Article?

Addae Amoako Michael, "The Dominance of Two Parties in the Politics of Ghana's 4th Republic: The Electoral System a Factor?", International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR), https://www.ijsr.net/archive/v8i3/show_abstract.php?id=ART20196221, Volume 8 Issue 3, March 2019, 1800 - 1805

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