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Has the Prohibition of Fusion Really Hurt Third-Parties?
Unformatted Document Text:  Abstract: Party and legal scholars generally argue that changes in state election laws are primary reasons why third-parties have so much less success today than a century ago. One such change, argued by some third-party scholars, has been the prohibition of fusion, or when more than one party nominates the same candidate and both nominations are printed on the ballot. Fusion, especially when a major party and a minor party co-nominate the same candidate, gives the third-party extra exposure and thereby might help promote that party s candidates for other offices. In this paper, we present the beginning of a quantitative analysis of these arguments, including using cross-sectional time-series regression, with a focus on elections to the US House of Representatives from 1890 to 2006. While we found evidence to show that a fusion strategy can promote third-party candidates, our preliminary evidence suggests that permitting parties to co-nominate candidates would lead to fusion strategies in only a fraction of districts. The prohibition of fusion does not appear to be a primary reason for the decline of third-parties. 2

Authors: Tamas, Bernard.
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Abstract:
Party and legal scholars generally argue that changes in state election laws are primary reasons
why third-parties have so much less success today than a century ago. One such change, argued
by some third-party scholars, has been the prohibition of fusion, or when more than one party
nominates the same candidate and both nominations are printed on the ballot. Fusion, especially
when a major party and a minor party co-nominate the same candidate, gives the third-party extra
exposure and thereby might help promote that party s candidates for other offices. In this paper,
we present the beginning of a quantitative analysis of these arguments, including using cross-
sectional time-series regression, with a focus on elections to the US House of Representatives
from 1890 to 2006. While we found evidence to show that a fusion strategy can promote third-
party candidates, our preliminary evidence suggests that permitting parties to co-nominate
candidates would lead to fusion strategies in only a fraction of districts. The prohibition of fusion
does not appear to be a primary reason for the decline of third-parties.
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