310LSpring2008PoliticalPartiesPowerpoint

310LSpring2008PoliticalPartiesPowerpoint - Studying...

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Studying Political Parties
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Key topics in the textbook Role of parties in democracy History of the two-party system [note pattern-- see timeline Figure 9.1] Why we have a two-party system Roles of minor (“third”) parties Parties as organizations Divided government vs. unified government Parties and democracy
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Functions of parties: expectations [and actualities?] Link people to government by aggregating a broad range of interests/groups Recruit qualified candidates and organize campaigns to elect them Stimulate interest in politics Encourage candidates elected to Be responsive through representing party’s policies and interests (e.g. platform) Unite under party leaders to make laws Help people to hold officials accountable Help with implementation by Bridging the separation of powers Bridging the division of powers Coordinating policymaking
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Electoral strategies of parties Are parties unified? The search for common positions
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