Quote: Originally Posted by The Old Medic
Proportional voting almost always leads to total legislative gridlock. If a minority party can not get a majority of the votes in more than one riding, then it must have either a very poor slate of candidates, or it has a VERY unpopular message.
Not really. It has not led to gridlock in those nations which have used it longest, namely the Scandinavian democracies. Nor has it been much of a problem in Germany. On the other hand, the United States, which has a plurality system has frequently had legislative gridlock on both the federal and state levels.
What seems to matter most is the attitude of those elected. If a large number of those elected are determined to obstruct any efforts by the other party or parties then gridlock ensues. However, if parties can bring themselves to work together then government operates quite smoothly. Essentially a proportional system forces parties to work together or else nothing gets done. Somehow a number of nations with proportional systems have managed to make their much more democratic system work while many plurality systems result in situations in which whatever party is in power spends much of its time in office trying to undo the legislation of the previous government. This is hardly a recipe for good government.