Political Parties - What Are Political Parties? In modern...

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What Are Political Parties? In modern history, political parties have been the chief points of contact between governments, on the one side, and groups and forces in society, on the other. In organized political parties, social forces can gain some control over governmental policies and personnel. Simultaneously, governments often seek to organize and influence important groups in society through political parties. I. How have political parties developed in the United States? Political parties developed as an outgrowth of the expansion of suffrage. American political parties take their structure from the electoral process, recruit candidates, organize nominations, get out the vote, and influence voter choice. For every district where an election is held, there should be some kind of party unit. Political parties are also essential in the process of making policy. Within the government, political parties are coalitions of individuals with shared or overlapping interests. Political parties organize between the branches to pursue policy objectives. The Two-Party System in America I. How do parties form and what are the historical origins of today's Democratic and Republican parties? George Washington and many of the other founding fathers
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This note was uploaded on 10/26/2009 for the course POLISCI 50830 taught by Professor Stevens during the Spring '09 term at MATC Madison.

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