11 R - POLS 206-508 R 10/11 Political Parties I. The...

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POLS 206-508 R 10/11 Political Parties I. The History of the System II. Today’s Parties III. Party Function IV. Party Structure Political Parties I. The History of the System Founding fathers were afraid of political parties (disdain) No mention of political parties in the Constitution It took almost no time for parties to form Internal mobilization: [within government] competition between Northern merchants and Southern agrarians turns to political parties Adam: mobilized northern merchants to Federalist Party Jefferson: mobilized southern agrarians to democratic-republican party *Geographical division Partisanship: dirty, mud-slinging, vicious; used cartoons to attack Called Jefferson: “a low-life…would encourage murder, rape…” Voters would read this and then go to the polls; turnout was high Voters preferred negative campaigns Spoils System: associated with Andrew Jackson Jobs not awarded based on merit, they were based on partisanship-corrupt Progressive movement
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