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Political Parties Organized groups that seek to gain political office and exercise political power through legislation, executive action, and control of government agencies Organizations which contest and seek to win elections Networks of people and groups who share common ideals
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Political Party Functions Parties provide legitimacy for American government and politics Parties recruit candidates and nominate them for office Public exerts leverage over public officials through use of party label Parties bridge constitutional gaps between institutions
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Functions (cont.) Parties bring citizens into the political process: (a) educate and inform voters, and (b) deliver people to polls Parties integrate new social groups into the political process
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The Functions of Political Parties Political parties run  candidates under their  own label or affiliation Parties seek to govern Parties have broad 
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