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Schier argues more specifically that the decline of political paties and the concurrent proliferation of interest groups has inhibited majority rule in America. Parties traditionally sought to mobilize large numbes of voters on election day. As parties' abilities to mobilize have decayed, interest groups have enhanced their ability to activate small factions of the public to influence elections and policymaking. Hence we now have more interest groups than ever before in our national politics, but shrinking numbers of voters. What sorts of reforms does he propose? Enhancing the roles and influence of political parties; giving these parties large blocks of free TV time; adopting one-punch partisan ballots, making it easier for voters to cast a straight-party vote; abandon initiatives, which clutter up the ballot; and party-based financing to boost voter turnout.
1. What an Electoral System Can Do
2. Compared to What?
3. Why Turnout Fell
4. Direct Democracy or Legislative Government?
5. Four Controversies
6. What Sort of Democracy?
Conclusion: Less Peculiar