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Unformatted text preview: c. Mechanism for the peaceful resolution of conflict III. Strength of Political parties a. Strength of party in the electorate b. Strength of party in government c. Strength of party organization IV. Party Competition a. General types of party systems i. One party system ii. Multi party systems 1. 3 or more parties that can effectively compete for power iii. Two party systems b. Two party competition in the U.S. i. Historical reasons ii. Consensus on fundamental values iii. Electoral rules iv. Political socialization c. Effects of minor parties i. Sources of policy innovation ii. Spoiler 1. Defined as a situation in which a minor party gets enough votes to cause the election to turn out a different way...
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- Spring '06