Is there any point at which the usa could be interpreted/be seen as a 2 party system?

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Well, suppose so considering main stream media only tends to report about the Republicans and the Democrats, to anyone who isn't really into politics that much, it can be interpreted that only these two parties exist.
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Additionally because any third parties (almost) never get any representation, despite having multiple parties it is in practice a two party system
This is not helped by the fact that the US uses FPTP (or something similar) meaning that the bigger parties benefit as FPTP makes it very hard for smaller parties to get seats, FPTP definitely lends itself to a two party system
It's like the UK, there ARE more than two parties, but they are mostly irrelevant and get very little say (and won't get into government) (excluding the SNP and DUP but that's different and is due to the UK having lots of very different regional identities). If anything the US is even more extremem than the UK
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(Original post by BrDy)
It's like the UK, there ARE more than two parties, but they are mostly irrelevant and get very little say (and won't get into government)
Not alone, anyway, but the UK did have that whole 5-year Conservative-Liberal Democrats coalition.
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Not alone, anyway, but the UK did have that whole 5-year Conservative-Liberal Democrats coalition.
True, and there would be a case for saying DUP has a lot of say, but yeah not alone. Also tbf I think UK is more of a 2 and bit party system due to regional nationalist parties and the whole Labour taking the liberals place meaning (until 2015) there was still a decent place for them. Although in terms of having a lot of power still mostly 2 party
Also I don't think there are any examples (in C20/1 at least) of a a US president not being a republican or democrat? Which would definitely support the view of US being two party
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Well recognise two points based on congress and the presidential elections and one based on state level e.g. governors

Then argue around 50 party system, growth of movements that are influential and how third parties whilst not elected can impact presidential elections as in 2000 and 1992
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The USA literally is a two party system because third parties only really have influence in local areas and there has never been a third party elected to power. Coalitions do not happen in the same way they do the UK either
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