Political Parties - broad-based compromise to incorporate...

Info iconThis preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Political Parties Political Parties -are special interest groups Functions of Political Parties: The primary goal is to win elections . 1. Recruit, nominate and elect candidates 2. Present and simplify issues , “platform” educate public 3. Encourage and mobilize voters (largely replace by media) 4. Organize and run government if elected (seniority by party) Characteristics of political parties; differences that make us parties (and politics) unique in the world 1. pragmatic and expedient : compromise, do whatever it takes to win vs. ‘ideology’ 2. decentralized : run at state & local level vs. control by national headquarters 3. 2-partyism
Background image of page 1
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Unformatted text preview: : broad-based, compromise to incorporate idea vs. multi-party 4. plurality : single member, winner takes all districts vs. proportional representation Political Ideologies Democrats favor: Liberal ideology Social welfare programs Government regulation of business ( to protect workers) Individual rights Favor activism and political change Republicans favor: Conservative ideology Law and order, morality Free enterprise without government intervention Individual reliance Traditional status quo (vs. change) Morality issues...
View Full Document

This note was uploaded on 05/02/2011 for the course POL 1013 taught by Professor Dr.j.philiprogers during the Spring '05 term at The University of Texas at San Antonio- San Antonio.

Ask a homework question - tutors are online