Lecture 10 - Massachusetts 2500 10,000 10,000 Minnesota,...

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American Politics Spring 2006 Lecture 10: What Do Parties Do?
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What SHOULD Parties Do? Electoral world complex: Winnow large number of potential candidates to few ‘good’ choices. Estimate what candidates will do if elected. Coordination mechanism for candidates. Accountability - retrospective evaluations Policy world equally complex: Aggregating preferences Setting agenda. Coordinating across branches.
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Electoral Functions of Parties Ballot Access. Campaign assistance. Money, polling, ‘charm school,’ ‘GOTV’. Campaign Platforms. Brand Names.
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Table **. Ballot Access Requirements for Presidential Candidates Signatures Required for Presidential Nominee Major Party Independent Minor Party States with Similar Laws California 26,500 153,804 (1%) 153,804 (1%) Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, West Virginia
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Unformatted text preview: Massachusetts 2500 10,000 10,000 Minnesota, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wisconsin Alabama 500 5000 5000 Colorado, Delaware, Missouri, Hawaii, Kansas, Louisiana, North Dakota, Alaska, Maine, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Tennessee New Jersey 1000 800 800 Iowa, Wyoming, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, Utah, Washington, Kentucky, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia Georgia 27,742 (1%) 27,742 (1%) 27,742 (1%) Connecticut Source: The Reform Institute Role in Government Developing and implementing agendas. Coordination. Service Providers (political machines) Accountability (responsible parties). What Do Parties Actually Do? Without centralization, question of individual incentives. Examples: campaign platforms, coordination in government. No coercive mechanism. Results particularly devastating for accountability....
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