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Third Parties and Television Debates

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Abstract

Should third, or other, parties be included in television debates between party leaders at elections? The most immediate response might be ‘why not?’ If parties are offering themselves as democratic alternatives and if television represents, as it does in most societies, a recognised medium of electoral communication why should any electronic hustings not include the leaders of the alternative party options which are being set before the voters? Yet there are several arguments of varying merit which might militate for the exclusion of all but the two leading players.

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References

  1. Coleman, S. (1997) Televised Leaders Debates: An Evaluation and a Proposal, Hansard Society, London.Google Scholar

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