chapter 11_Notes - Alien and Sedition Acts from Federalists...

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Alien and Sedition Acts from Federalists to hurt Democratic-Republicans and to silence their criticisms. Parties were criticized for being too concerned with their own selfish interests. Strength of party eroded as soft money ban and candidates raise their own campaign funds. Parties help with collective action in grass roots campaigning and help cooperation in government. Or else for each new policy you would need to build coalitions from scratch. Political parties channel ambition by telling people when it is their turn. Functions of Parties 1. Recruiting candidates: Harder to recruit as press delves into the personal lives of the candidates. 2. Nominating candidates: Nomination by convention: party members elect delegates state by state. Almost all the states use primaries. System encourages more aggressive candidates. 3. Getting out the vote: Free rider problem of getting benefits of public goods without having to vote. 4. Facilitating mass electoral choice: parties provide brand names to candidates. (Sporting event atmosphere). Parties are big tents that claim to be all things to all people. Parties determine quotas on
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