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Theevangelist from APS, asked a question
Subject: Social Science , asked on 3/3/13

 What are the merits and demerits of political competetion?

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Shushrita Das , Meritnation Expert added an answer, on 5/3/13

The following are certain demerits of electoral competition:

  • It creates disunity and factionalism

  • Candidates often use dirty tricks to discredit their opponents and win elections

  • Long term policies may become a casualty of electoral politics

  • Money power is often a crucial determinant of results in elections and smaller and independent candidates may not have sufficient resources to compete with big parties on equal terms

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Aditya Singh From Asian International Pvt School, added an answer, on 5/3/13
24 helpful votes in Social Science

MERITS

1. if there is no competition elections will become pointless.

2. this system works better in a long run. In an ideal would all political leaders know what is good for the people and so serve them not rule over them.

3. Regular electoral competitions provide incentive to political parties and leaders.they know if they raise issues that people want to be raised, their popularity and chances of victory will increase in the next elections.

DEMERITS

  1. it creates a sense of disunity and factionalism in locality.
  2. political parties often level allegations against each other.
  3. political parrties often use dirty tricks to win elections.
  4. this pressure to win elections does not allow sensible long term policies to be formulated.
  5. some people who wish to serve the country do not enter this arena. they do not like the idea of being dragged into unhealthy competition.

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Rosy From Bvm , added an answer, on 3/3/13
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demerits of electoral competition:

  • It creates disunity and factionalism

  • Candidates often use dirty tricks to discredit their opponents and win elections

  • Long term policies may become a casualty of electoral politics

Money power is often a crucial determinant of results in elections and smaller and independent candidates may not have sufficient resources to compete with big parties on equal terms

  • advantage of political parties is that they give the voters a versatile choise for them to select there leade
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Sneha Arora From St. Anthony's , added an answer, on 4/3/13
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Merits - 1. if there is no competition elections will become pointless.

2. this system works better in a long run. In an ideal would all political leaders know what is good for the people and so serve them not rule over them.

3. Regular electoral competitions provide incentive to political parties and leaders.they know if they raise issues that people want to be raised, their popularity and chances  of victory will increase in the next elections.

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Theevangelist From Aps, added an answer, on 3/3/13

I would appreciate a bit more points on merits but anyway thanks for it

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