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04parties - Political Parties in California July 3, 2007...

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Political Parties in California July 3, 2007
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Today California parties PIG, PIE, PAO A small digression into primaries Blanket primary A look at 2008 Some implications for elections in California
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Three Conceptions of Party Party in Government (PIG) Party in Electorate (PIE) Party as Organization (PAO)
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Party in Government Legislative parties are: Internally cohesive Highly polarized
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Legislative Party Polarization California Federation of Labor Scores in the Assembly for the Median Member of Each Party, 1933-1999 0 20 40 60 80 100 1933 1941 1949 1957 1965 1973 1981 1989 1997 Democrats Republicans NOTE: Labor scores are derived from the annual publication of the California Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, recorded and presented by Seth Masket. Scores have been adjusted by the process described by Groseclose, Levitt, and Snyder (1999).
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Party in Government Legislative parties are Internally cohesive Highly polarized Leads to strong, centralized parties Have traditionally been the focus of party activity in CA (Unruh & Brown in particular) A caveat: Tools for punishment are generally weak, but stronger than for Congress Don Perata recently locked three Democratic Senators out of their offices to send a message
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Party in Government Executive parties are weak 12 elected offices 11 are partisan, 1 nonpartisan (Superintendent of Schools) Local government is nonpartisan
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Party in the Electorate CA has a long history of anti-party sentiment Democrats lead party registration 42.5% Democrat 34.2% Republican 18.8% Decline to State 4.5% Other party (e.g., Green)
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Party in the Electorate CA has a long history of anti-party sentiment Democrats dominate party registration BUT . . . Decline to state voters are growing
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Party Registration, 1922-2004 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Republican Other Democrat
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0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% DTS Other Republican Democrat
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course POL 104 taught by Professor Smith during the Summer '07 term at UC Davis.

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