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Unformatted text preview: attempts to elect majorities to Congress. The plurality voting rule established by the Constitution provided powerful incentives for voters and candidates to converge into two dominant parties. Although the coalitions, characteristics, and even strength of parties have changed over the years, they have become vital to the proper functioning of our system of government. Parties recruit and train leaders, organize the activities of government, and facilitate the collective action necessary for government to translate voter preferences into public policy. They also help combine varying interests and groups into coalitions and help channel and constrain political conflict. Finally, they help politicians of all stripes communicate more effectively with voters....
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This note was uploaded on 06/25/2008 for the course SGIS 201 taught by Professor Rubenzer during the Summer '08 term at University of South Carolina Beaufort.
- Summer '08