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Political PartiesPolitical Parties
What is a Political Party?_____________– agroup of voters with common interests who want to influencethe government.People who have joined together based on certain commonprinciples/beliefsThe twoMajor Parties in the U.S. are:____________________
Why Political Parties?Political parties are essential to___________ _____________They are the medium through whichoptions are presented to the peopleServe as a link between the __________ andtheir ________________Some argue they are the__________method by which the will of thepeople is made known to government
Major Functions1.____________________________________________THE major functionSelect candidate and present them to the votersWork to help their candidate win electionsCandidates represent the party members and helpspread the party’s messageNominating is exclusive to political parties- no othergroup in the political process does this
Functions of Political Parties2.________________________________________Activate interest and participation in publicaffairsPrimarily by:Campaigning for their candidatesTaking stands on issuesCriticizing the candidates/positions of theiropponentsInform voters the way THEY want them to beinformedAdvertising
Functions of Political Parties3._____________________________________________Members of political parties are connectedbecause they are members of the sameorganizationCan link members at different levels ofgovernment to achieve its bigger goals forthe partyPrompts its successful candidates to performwell in officeIf they fail to do so, both party and candidate maysuffer the consequences in future elections
Functions of Political Parties4._________________________________________Public officeholders are regularly chosen onthe basis of partyCongress and State legislatures are organizedon party linesPartisanship– government action based on firmallegiance to a political partyLegislative and Executive branches mustcooperate in order to accomplish anything:Political Parties provide the channel for thesebranches to work together

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