majoritarianism

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ma·jor·i·tar·i·an·ism

 (mə-jôr′ĭ-târ′ē-ə-nĭz′əm, -jŏr′-)
n.
Rule by simple numerical majority in an organized group.

majoritarianism

(məˌdʒɒrɪˈtɛərɪəˌnɪzəm)
n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a form of democracy which upholds the rule of the majority
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SubHajjit Naskar, an assistant professor of international relations at Jadavpur University, said that "by hastily removing a constitutionally protected special status for Jammu and Kashmir, Narendra Modi's government has reduced the idea of democracy to a mere majoritarian system." He told Arab News that it "may add fuel to the secessionist movements in other parts of India and further alienate Kashmiris too." "This may also have a deep repercussions for India's Muslim minorities as a whole," he said.
The Philippines uses a mixed-member majoritarian system, where part of the legislature is elected by proportional representation and the rest from local districts, according to a Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung paper published September 2007.
His diagnosis primarily targets three elements of the US system that frustrate advocates of a more majoritarian system: the Electoral College, malapportionment of seats in the Senate, and the ubiquity of partisan gerrymandering in the House.
Further, 55 percent expressed their approval of the majoritarian system of voting, an indication that an"elections culture" seems to be slowly taking root and shaping people's preferences.
The results mean Future lost three seats in Sunday's elections in Akkar, taking them from all seven held under the previous majoritarian system. The new electoral law, agreed last year, heralded the first proportional system in Lebanon and aimed to give a fairer representation of the constituents of districts.
The elections were also an opportunity to showcase two of President Bachelet's signature reforms: the extension of the vote to finally include Chileans residing abroad, and the elimination of the country's long-entrenched binomial majoritarian system for electing members of Congress.
Generally, in a pure majoritarian system, electoral competition takes place in a single-member district where the party candidate who obtains the largest number of votes is elected (the "winner-takes-all" rule).
"This law shall form a qualitative turning point in Lebanon's political life, from the majoritarian system to the proportional one," MP Abi Ramia said in a televised interview on LBC Station, indicating that this law shall enable marginalized political groups and civil society to be represented in the House of Parliament.
The first legislation that Boyko Borisovas centre-right GERB party will table in the Parliament elected in March this year will be to introduce a majoritarian system for electing MPs, parliamentary group leader Tsvetan Tsvetanov said, quoted by Independent Bakan News Agency.
The AKP government tried unsuccessfully to use its majority to change the country's parliamentary system into a presidential regime and to switch from the current PR-based electoral system to a "first-past-the-post" majoritarian system, which could give the AKP a supermajority while denying smaller parties' representation.
A majoritarian system, in this context, is ineffective and unsuitable, as it distorts the real picture of the ideological and electoral preferences of the society.
A competitive political system where power is divided, as in a majoritarian system, rather than shared, as in a consociational system, may be inappropriate then in the wake of recent ethnic violence.