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Ch 9 - Chapter 9 Political Parties Flaws in our government...

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Chapter 9- Political Parties 10/1/07 Flaws in our government in that half the population does not have representation in congress or the presidency Political parties - organized groups that attempt to influence the government by electing their member to important government offices --True political parties promote representatives to represent that party in the government In two-party political systems, only the majority is represented and supported, it doesn’t represent the minority; even when control switches, only one gets to dominate at a time ~*~Most democracies have multi-party systems Single member district first past the post, winner take all - each district only gets ONE member in the house , whoever can grab the most moderates wins the election, whoever gets more votes than the other guy wins, with NO leftovers… losers get squat Parties can manipulate district lines so that a minority’s effect is lowered because they have less representation
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