Notes 2-5 - Maintaining Election: The majority party stays...

Info iconThis preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
American Politics Notes: February 4 th , 2008 The Federalist No. 48: Madison Madison’s concern is the power that the legislative branch possesses. He believed that man was inherently evil so trusting people to do what they were supposed to do was laughable. The Federalist No. 51: Madison There is nothing on the exterior that will keep these branches in check. The branches are structured so that they keep each other in check. “Ambition must be made to counteract ambition.” Political Parties Political parties as we know them today did not exist in our country’s early history. In Washington’s Farewell Address, he warned America of the danger of political parties. He knew of the power struggles of the political parties in Europe. He was afraid of what would happen. By the 1850s, America had moved into a two-parties dominate political system. V. O. Key studied elections from 1850 to 1990 and looked for patterns. He found that there are three main types of elections…
Background image of page 1
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Unformatted text preview: Maintaining Election: The majority party stays in power and the underlying basis of support for the parties remains largely unchanged. Deviating Election: The minority party wins more offices than usual, maybe even a majority, but the underlying basis of support for the parties remains largely unchanged. Realigning Election: The minority party wins many more offices than usual, probably a majority and there is a fundamental shift in the underlying basis of support for the parties. These are harder to identify. The last obvious reelection was in 1932 when there was a massive movement from Republicans to Democrats. Everett Carl Ladd looked at Keys research, but in a narrower span of time. He looked at the numbers from 1952 to 1992. Politicians today do not mention the parties that they are running for because of the large increase of independent voters from 1952 to 1992. The dynamic of politics has changed. Ladd called this Dealignment....
View Full Document

This note was uploaded on 04/11/2008 for the course PSC 100 taught by Professor Colbert during the Spring '08 term at UNC Greensboro.

Ask a homework question - tutors are online