“How to Depolarize American Politics”

Eric Maskin and I have co-authored a Project Syndicate column that describes a “top three” variation of California’s “top two” electoral system. It would enable effective electoral competition by a new third party in between MAGA Republicans on the right and progressive Democrats on the left–something which is not feasible given the currently dominant two-party electoral system. Moreover, this “top three” system does not use Ranked Choice Voting and thus potentially can sidestep the unfortunate demonization of RCV that has occurred recently. As we collectively continue to explore potential solutions for the problems that presently afflict American democracy, this idea should be included in the mix.

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