The Electoral Systems Used On The Middle East And North Africa

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John Carey and Andrew Reynolds wrote an article together in 2011 on the Electoral Systems used on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). They specifically took up the position that proportional representation (PR) is what would suit the areas most effectively with their emerging democracies. Timothy M. Meisburger opposes this in Getting Nahirtuabusn Right written in 2012. Meisburger believes that “their essay runs a vein of implicit or explicit support for the idea that electoral systems based on [PR] of political parties will be best for whatever democracies may emerge in the MENA region, while majoritarian systems are more conducive to authoritarianism. ” (155) . Meisburger believes PR systems may not be the most appropriate systems for their region. Meisburger also believes that there is no one solution to creating electoral system that a country should use. That each country may need to combine multiple electoral systems to fit the needs of their public.

“Effective democracies do not emerge overnight.” (155). Meisburger states that established democracies can often function with a PR system due to having established political parties. Whereas emerging democracies lack these established parties. Established parties often assist with the creation and standardization of democracy as the country ages. Without these established parties emerging countries often will have parties form that lack ideological profiles and governance rule. With PR systems and political parties,…
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