majority rule


Definition of majority rule

: a political principle providing that a majority usually constituted by fifty percent plus one of an organized group will have the power to make decisions binding upon the whole

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The lesson from France is that restraints on majority rule are a good thing. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "Macron’s Warning to America’s Ascendant Left," 6 Dec. 2018 After three efforts in 2012, 2014 and 2016 fell short, the court's conservative majority ruled 5-4 that unions cannot collect fees from non-members to help defray the costs of collective bargaining. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court deals major financial blow to nation's public employee unions," 27 June 2018 But if Republicans had begun by adopting a majority rule for legislation, and proceeded to compose their health-care plan through regular order and committee hearings and advocacy, their prospects of success would have been immensely greater. Christopher Demuth Sr., National Review, "Repairing Our Fractured Politics," 11 Jan. 2018 But last week’s two First Amendment blockbusters were decided by 5-to-4 votes, with the conservatives in the majority ruling in favor of conservative plaintiffs. Adam Liptak, New York Times, "How Conservatives Weaponized the First Amendment," 30 June 2018 The architects of our political system feared majority rule and withheld the vote from women, African Americans, and Native Americans. Ezra Klein, Vox, "The rigging of American politics," 16 Oct. 2018 American politics does not suffer from an excess of majority rule. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "The tyranny of the majority isn’t a problem in America today. Tyranny of the minority is.," 12 Sep. 2018 This coalition valorized party discipline in Congress and majority rule within the party, since liberals were becoming increasingly numerically predominant within its ranks. Sam Rosenfeld, Vox, "The Democratic Party is moving steadily leftward. So why does the left still distrust it?," 22 June 2018 But the current system of democracy — with-one-person-one-vote and majority rule — is the source of the problem. Eric Posner And Glen Weyl, Vox, "The Supreme Court is an anti-democratic nightmare. Here’s how to fix it.," 29 June 2018

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1848, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of majority rule

: a political system in which the group that has the most members has the power to make decisions

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a strong desire or propensity

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