Chapter 5 Notes - Political parties and interest groups...

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Political parties and interest groups Lecture topics 1. Participation by under-represented groups 2. Political parties i. Definitions ii. Evolution of parties iii. Nomination procedures 3. Changing patterns of a party Political Parties What is a political party? – Organization that chooses supports and nominates candidates for their party. What are the four functions of a political party? 1. Recruiting people for office? 2. Provide an information shortcut for voters. 3. Aggregate all of our interests into one bundle. 4. Parties make it easier to govern, and easier for the government to regulate. Also help the common person. Political Parties vs. interest groups Goals o Political parties focus on winning office; interest on making policy Focus o Political parties focus on a variety of issues; interests groups focus on a single issue. National parties vs. state parties
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State parties are the primary organizing units.
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