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What is the argument in The Semisovereign People by Schattsschneider?

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Schattschneider's key argument in The Semisovereign People is that pluralism only benefits the wealthy upper class. A one-party system places political power in the hands of those with the most economic influence. Government, he argues, does not balance power between social groups.

Schattschneider claims conflict is the key to improvement, and a highly competitive multi-party system is the best way to generate conflict and, henceforth, improvement. This type of system is the best way to balance power and allow voting adults from other social classes to have a say. He claims a certain lack of conflict results from the fact that the upper class, who hold the power, are able to steer outcomes in their favor with their financial influence.

A significant number of adults do not vote, and Schattschneider insists that they will not do so until there are clearer differences between political parties and power is distributed.

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In The Semisovereign People , Schattschneider levies a critique against the...

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