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Title: American Political Parties


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American Political Parties
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Political Parties
  • Provide a way for the public to choose who will
    serve in government and which policies will be
    carried out.

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3 roles of Party Affiliation
  • 1. Party in the Electorate Include all of the
    people who describe themselves as a party member
    at registration. (Anyone can change party
    affiliation at will)

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3 roles of Party Affiliation
  • 2. Party as an Organization Run the party by
    making rules, raising money, organizing
    conventions, helping with elections, and seeking
    candidates. Set the party's agenda.

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3 roles of Party Affiliation
  • 3. Party in Government Work "inside" after
    being elected to office. Translate promises into
    public policy.

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What do parties do?
  • A. Select Candidates Through primaries
    (Preliminary elections) Narrow the field from
    many to one candidate.

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What do parties do?
  • B. Inform the Public about the Party.
    Advertising Canvassing.

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What do parties do?
  • C. Coordinate Policy Making
  • 1. Sets the agenda when in power
  • 2 Monitors the minority party when out of power

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What do parties do?
  • D. Balances Competing Interest gt Brings many
    interest within the party together. Compromises
    to unify the party platform from a variety of
    interest to one consensus viewpoint.

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What do parties do?
  • E. Runs the Campaigns Recruits and registers
    new members. Staffs polling places.

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Why continue a two party system?
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The Political Spectrum
Acetate PP3
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Effect of Third Parties on Vote Distribution
Acetate PP6
14
Declining Partisan Loyalties
Acetate PP7
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