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  1. Verius ('s status on Saturday, 05-Aug-2017 10:55:13 EDT Verius Verius
    @usbhump I'd argue that rather it's the concept of a district that makes the two party system. The probability of the major parties nationwide also being the major parties in the vast majority of districts is rather high so as long as you have districts the person elected will be of one of the major parties in the vast majority of cases. That's how e.g. the UK ends up with 8 parties in parliament but the largest two together have 88% of the seats.

    In contrast in a country like the Netherlands which doesn't have district voting the smallest number of parties that together form a majority is 4. The largest party has 22% of the seats.