Det Amerikanske Valgsystem

Laura Lund-Hansen, Mathilde Anna Kornmod, Katrine Ask Hallberg, Simone Amalie Kjølbye-Dam & Sif Rønlund Nissen

Studenteropgave: Basisprojekt


The purpose of this paper is to examine the American electoral system, and to analyse if it is representative. We will base this analysis on the Electoral College and Winner-Takes-All system, which are key elements of the electoral system.
In order to answer our thesis statement, we have compared the pros and cons of the two elements. To do so, we have used comparative methods, which give grounds for discussion, to whether the system is representative or not.
We have based our analysis on Duvergers Law. Furthermore, we have used theorists Max Weber, and David Beetham, to define legitimacy, in order to give us a better understanding of when a system is legitimate, and then we will compare the two theories.
In the paper we will also examine which other electoral systems could be implemented in USA, to make the system more representative, than we believe it is. This is to emphasise that we think there is a problem, when a president is able to win a presidential election without the popular vote.
With the help of the two theories mentioned above, and our accumulated data, the paper concludes that the American population is insufficiently represented, because of the electoral college, and “Winner-Takes-All”-system.

UddannelserBasis - Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
VejledereKlaas Dykmann


  • Electoral College
  • USA
  • Winner-Takes-All
  • Electoral System