Government and Politics 11.13.06 Ch 9

Government and Politics 11.13.06 Ch 9 - Government and...

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Government and Politics Monday, November 13, 2006 Articles: JD Hayworth has conceded the election to Mitchell Nancy Pelosi’s support of Murtha over Hoyter raises questions Chapter 9 - Political parties A political party is a coalition of people seeking to control government by contesting elections and winning office Rational-choice type definition Political party (3-part) is an organization, in government, and in the electorate (populace) Suggests that political parties are not concerned with good public policy but rather with winning election which is done by supporting policies that are viewed most favorably by the public Very rational political actors Voters are not part of political parties – merely choosers, rational consumers What do political parties do? Parties recruit candidates to run, depending on whether they can win or not Parties nominate candidates for general (primary) elections Provide information (propaganda) to voters Provide cue for voters (suggests a stance they will take)
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This note was uploaded on 05/07/2009 for the course POS 110 taught by Professor Lehman during the Fall '08 term at ASU.

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Government and Politics 11.13.06 Ch 9 - Government and...

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