Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 24, 2019
Randy Willoughby, University of San Diego Professor of Political Science an International Relations
Randy Willoughby, Professor of Political Science and International Relations at University of San Diego kindly stepped in on short notice to speak at our September 19, 2019 meeting about the how single member districts and proportional representation systems differ and how they affect a country’s political activities.  In Single Member Districts, single votes are cast and the candidate with the most votes wins.  In countries with Proportional Representation, votes can translate into seats in a government body. In this system, which is used in Germany, small parties can have big leverage, as evidence by the emergence of the Alternative for Germany party (AfD).