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Unformatted text preview: State and Local Parties April 11, 2007 QuickTime and a TIFF (LZW) decompressor are needed to see this picture. Welcome to our Official web site - Members: 50,536 strong and growing Today Finishing the two-party system State and local parties What are they? What do they do? The legal situation The decline story The resurgence story Culture Dualist: Everything is cast in as an either- or choice Pro-ratification v. anti-ratification Pro-strong government v. anti-strong government North v. south Agrarian v. industry One or Two Humps? Why Not More Humps? Culture Dualist: Everything is cast in as an either- or choice Social consensus: We agree about the basics of society and government Market economy and individualism Form and role of government Culture Dualist: Everything is cast in as an either- or choice Social consensus: We agree about the basics of society and government Socialization: Its been a two-party system for five generations. Explanations Institutional Duvergers Law Electoral College Government Control of Ballots Fusion Access Primary Elections Campaign Finance Laws Cultural Dualist Social Consensus Socialization Why Just Two Parties? Lots of reasons Institutions and culture work together to make it so. Is it inevitable? No, but it is difficult to move away from, especially since two major parties control access. Typical Party Organizations Precinct, ward, and/or township committees City party committees County party committees State legislative and/or congressional district committees (in some states) State central committee Republican Party Organization California Republican Party Yolo County Republican Party Other County Republican Parties Woodland Republican Club Yolo County Republican Women Federated Typical Party Organizations Precinct, ward, and/or township committees City party committees County party committees State legislative and/or congressional district committees (in some states) State central committee and LCCs What Do Local Parties Do? Registering new voters Canvassing Get Out The Vote (GOTV) drives Machine Politics Heyday: 1880s-1920s Machine politics: The manipulation of certain incentives to partisan political participation....
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course POL 160 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '07 term at UC Davis.

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