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Unformatted text preview: Political Science: Political Parties 24/09/2007 11:48:00 Political Parties: They are electoral organization. Field recruits and finance the slate of candidates. Entice and mobilize voters for support. They provide voters a shortcut to voting o If our elections were non partisan then voters would have to actually learn about the individual person up for office. Party affiliation makes it easier for the average voter to decide who best represents their interests. It is a way to organize government o It can be assumed that a republican legislators success is tied to the success of other legislators, presidents, etc. Who do you go to, to introduce your legislation in congress? YOUR PARTY! Implementing party policies If you do lose as a party, parties serve as a means of organizing an effective opposition. American Parties: Weak and undisciplined comparatively. o Not unilaterally cohesive. Anyone can be a member. All you have to do is declare that you are a democrat or a republican to run as one. The national party cannot stop you. Based upon these points, how can you force someone to be a good democrat or republican? In effect, our candidates are entrepreneurs. The candidate is responsible to the voters, NOT the parties. American Two-Party System It is the oldest in the world.It is the oldest in the world....
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This note was uploaded on 03/20/2008 for the course POLS 1101 taught by Professor Cann during the Fall '08 term at University of Georgia Athens.
- Fall '08
- Political Science