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Unformatted text preview: Political Party What is a political party? Chooses supports and nominates for their party What are the 4 functions of a political party o Parties help make government easier Political Parties vs. interest groups o Goals Political parties focus on winning office; interest groups on making policy o Focus Political parties focus on a variety of issues interest groups focus on a single issue National parties vs. state parties o State parties are the primary organizing unit o National parties are active in every state Degree and form of organization varies by state Parties in the electorate o Democratic values have dropped off, republicans have relatively stayed the same Identification with major parties has declined, identification with independents increased Nationally, arty politics focus on capturing swing voters From Mayor Daley to responsible politics o Political machines, and patronage characterized party politics in the past Machine system perpetuated loyalty Enabling the rise of political machines-what the parties provided Involved in job placement o Results Corruption...
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This note was uploaded on 03/28/2008 for the course POLS 207 taught by Professor Peterson during the Fall '07 term at Texas A&M.
- Fall '07