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Concept, Advantages and Disadvantages of Two-Party System

len Alfred Ajibola - Wed, 26th February, 2020 @ 12:23

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Academic Questions in Government

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Government may be defined as an agency or machinery or instrument that is established to manage the general welfare of the people that make up a country.

In the above statement, government is defined _____.

  • A. As a process

  • B. As an act of governing

  • C. As an institution of a state

  • D. As an academic field o study

  • E. As a political wheel

  • F. As a machine of movement

Which of the following statement is false regarding the constitution?

  • A. No one is above the constitution, even the president or prime minister of a country

  • B. A constitution can be written or unwritten

  • C. The constitution consists of the fundamental human rights of citizens of a nation

  • D. The constitution does not necessarily allocate power to the different arms of government

  • E. The constitution upholds the people's sovereignty

  • F. A good constitution is neither too rigid not too flexible

A form of government whereby each state that makes up a country has the power to govern itself and manage it's own resources is known as _____.

  • A. Democracy
  • B. Communism
  • C. Federalism
  • D. Meritocracy
  • E. Autocracy
  • F. Oligarchy

The following are examples of pressure group in Nigeria except _____.

  • A. End SARS

  • B. Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR)

  • C. Odua Peoples Congress (OPC)

  • D. Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)

  • E. Operation Feed the Nation (OFN)

  • H. National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS)

Which of the following is not an ethnic pressure group in Nigeria?

  • A. Bring Back our Girls (BBOG)

  • B. Afenifere

  • C. Ohanaeze Ndigbo

  • D. Middle Belt Forum (MBF)

  • E. Arewa Consultative Forum

  • F. Ijaw Youth Council (IYC)

The followings are ways to achieve gender equality except _____.

  • A. Education of the girl child

  • B. Encouraging women to go into power

  • C. Putting a stop to child marriage

  • D. Encouraging women to vote for women during elections

  • E. Empowering girls and women

  • F. Making laws that prohibits sexual harassment

The absence of government in a country or state is referred to as _____.

  • A. Chaos
  • B. Doom
  • C. Oligarchy
  • D. Autocracy
  • E. Anarchy
  • F. Meritocracy

The definition of democracy as 'Government of the people, by the people and for the people' is a concept of _____.

  • A. John F. Kennedy
  • B. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • C. Aristotle
  • D. George W. Bush
  • E. Kamala Harris
  • F. Abraham Lincoln

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Concept of Two-Party System:

A two-party system is always dominated by two main parties in the political landscape of a country. This is so because the two-party system creates a structure that presents them with a large pool of followers as a result of their experiences, popularity, reputation and calibre of members. In fact, these two parties are so popular to an extent that some of the other political parties become obscure or unknown by majority of the citizens. For this reason, the two dominant parties will always collect the majority of votes by the electorate; and typically, one eventually emerges as the winner of a presidential election.

Please read more on the Two Party System and its Characteristics here.

Note: The two-party system also dominates the legislature and state elections.

Please read on the Legislature as an Arm of Government here.

From 1998 to this moment (2020), two political parties have dominated the Nigerian politics. These are:
APC vs PDP - Len Academy

  1. All Progressive Congress (APC)
  2. Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)

In the United States of America, the two dominant political parties are:

  1. Democratic Party
  2. Republican Party

You can read on The Multi-Party System here.


Advantages of Two-Party System

  1. It brings about political stability.

  2. Having a viable opposition who checks the excesses of the ruling party can be good in politics.
    You can read on the Scope of Government here.

  3. It is more democratic when compared to a one-party system.
    Please read on the One-Party System here.

  4. There is no form of dictatorship rule in a two-party system.
    Please read on the Forms of Government here.

  5. Having to choose from two choice of candidates can be somewhat easier.

  6. It brings about a balance in governance.

  7. It presents an opportunity for every eligible person to run for political office.
    Please read on the Types of Democracy here.

  8. It encourages the people to start participating in grassroot politics at their respective local government area.
    Please read on Gender Equality and Ways to achieve it here.

 

Disadvantages of Two-Party System

  1. It offers limited options of political aspirants to the electorate (voters).
    Please read on the Characteristics of Democracy here.

  2. It may divide the country into two fractions. For instance, certain Nigerian states are controlled by the All Progressive Congress (APC), for example, Lagos State while others are controlled by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
    You can read on the Concept of Party System and Zero-Party System here.

  3. The ruling party may attempt to rig elections.

  4. It is more expensive to run when compared to a one-party system.

  5. Those with real visions and ideas on governance may never achieve their goal unless they belong to one of the (two) dominant parties.
    Please read on the Responsibilities, Duties and Obligations of a Citizen here.

  6. It promotes corruption in governmental systems.
    Please read on the Functions of Government here.

  7. The dominant parties may ignore the voices of the other political parties.
    Please read on Pressure Groups and Types of Pressure Groups here.

  8. The other parties (outside the two major parties) may become insignificant, resulting to a waste of funds.

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Amazing facts in Government


NOTABLE POINTS IN Government

Dictatorship is one of the forms of Government. It can exist either as:

  1. Military Dictatorship
  2. Civilian Dictatorship

In 1966, Major General Johnson Aguiyi Ironsi became the first military Head of State in Nigeria after he overthrew a democratic and constitutional government (headed by the prime minister; Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa)

The above instance is a military form of dictatorship.

A typical example of a civilian dictatorship is Adolf Hitler of Germany and Joseph Stalin of Russia and Georgia

You can read more on dictatorship here

A Pressure group is defined as any formal and organized body or group of people with the same interest and whose main goal is to put pressure on any governmental institution in order to influence government policies and laws to their own gain.

An example of a pressure group whose voice is often heard in Nigeria is the Academic Staff Union for Universities (ASUU).

Another instance of a pressure group in Nigeria is the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) group who pressured the Nigerian Government into taking appropriate actions towards the release of the 276 kidnapped female secondary students popularly referred to as the Chibok Girls, in Chibok, Bornu State, Nigeria.

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Note: These innocent female students were kidnapped by the so called "Boko Haram" on the night of April 14th - 15th, 2014.

The above pressure group was massive globally to an extent that even the first ladies of various foreign countries became a part of it.

The EndsSars is another pressure group in Nigeria. They forced the Nigerian government into scrapping the Special Anti-Robbery Squard (SARS) who had constantly brutalized the Nigerian youths.

If men and women enjoyed the same rights, same freedom, same opportunities, same resources and same rewards in all sectors of society, then that's gender equality.

Gender equality is the process of being fair to humans; both males and females.

Below are some ways towards achieving gender equality.

  • Education of the girl child

  • Encouraging women to go into power

  • Putting a stop to sexual harassment and child marriage

  • Women and girls empowerment

  • Putting a stop to harmful traditional practices against women

  • Stopping the violence and war

Please read more on gender equality and ways to achieve it here

Anarchy is one of the forms of government. Ironically, it is the absence of government in a society, country or state.

An instance of anarchy occurred in Somalia in 1991 after a dictator name Said Barre was overthrown. This made Somalia disintegrate into fractions with local warlords imposing their authority over their land/area.

Other forms of government includes:

  1. Oligarchy
  2. Colonialism
  3. Monarchy
  4. Communism
  5. Federalism
  6. Dictatorship
  7. Democracy
  8. Meritocracy
  9. Autocracy
  10. Aristocracy

Please read on the various forms of government here

Democracy is a form of government where the power of choosing a leader is vested on the people. It represents a government of the people, by the people and for the people.

According to Abrahim Lincoln,

Democracy means government of the people, by the people and for the people.

In democracy, the citizens have the rights to vote and be voted for. The citizens are mandated to choose their preferred candidate by voting for them through their political party. In fact, this voting process is considered as one of the civic responsibility of every citizen.

Please read on the fundamental Human Rights here.

Note: No one is above the rule of law in the democratic system. If the election outcome does not reflect the mandate of the people, a court of competent jurisdiction can nullify such election.

Democracy is practiced in countries like Nigeria, United States of America, India and South Africa.

Please read more on the Characteristics of Democracy here.