CHAPTER 8: POLITICAL PARTIESWhat Parties Do1)How Parties Contribute to Democratic Politicsa.Organize and Operate the govt (allies)b.Focus responsibility for govt actions (party labels are like name brands)c.Develop issues and educate the publicd.Synthesize interests (platforms)e.Recruit developing govt talent (weed out the weak)f.Simplify the electoral system2)How Parties Detract from Democratic Politicsa.work to coordinate governmentb.capture governments and dictate what they doc.confuse responsibility (divided government)d.suppress issues for various reasonse.divide societyf.recruit candidates for wrong reason (movie stars, NFL/NBA)g.Oversimplify the Electoral System3)The Balance Sheeta.?Political Parties in American Historya. beyond local level, officials elected as part of a party1)The Party-System Interpretation of American Historya.Realignment- occurs when the pattern of group support for political parties shift in a significant and lasting wayb.
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Proportional representation, Political history of the United States, Party system, Party Organizations a.