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Title: Political Parties


1
Political Parties
Produced by the League of Women Voters of
Oregon Education Fund
2
History
  • First parties formed during the drafting of the
    constitution
  • 1792 - two parties Federalists and
    Anti-Federalists (base for Republican Party)
  • 1848 Federalists became Democrats
  • Positioning between liberal and conservative has
    changed over the years
  • Third party candidates have seldom been elected

3
Function of Political Parties
  • Solicit citizen concerns
  • Combine and prioritize those concerns
  • Formulate public policy to address those concerns
  • Recruit and train candidates for public office
  • Help candidates to win elections
  • Raise funds to support campaigns
  • In general the US has a two-party system

4
Nonpartisan Offices
  • Candidates are not affiliated with any party
  • Nonpartisan offices include
  • Most local positions
  • some statewide positions
  • all judicial positions

5
Nonpartisan Offices
  • Advantages include
  • Candidates not beholden to parties
  • Voters must assess candidates on merits
  • May be easier for candidates whose ideas differ
    from traditional parties
  • Voters have more responsibility for making
    educated decisions
  • Disadvantages include
  • Less access to fundraising systems
  • Voters may have more difficulty distinguishing
    between candidates

6
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