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Unformatted text preview: organizations b. Has to do with membership and whether or not it can be restricted c. Public organizations can’t restrict citizens from participating. C. Membership in American Political Parties 1. Party in the electorate 2. Party in government 3. Party organization II. FUNCTIONS OF POLITICAL PARTIES A. Facilitate participation in the democratic process 1. Aggregate individual interests into broad coalitions 2. Simplify alternatives a. Political parties simplify this by each narrowing it down to one candidate. Republican choice-John McCain, Democrat-between Obama and Clinton 3. Stimulate interest in government and public affairs B. Agents of accountability 1. Organize government and promotes policy agenda 2. Minority party scrutinizes activities of majority party C. Mechanism for the peaceful resolution of conflict...
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- Spring '06
- Democracy, Coalition government, minority party