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

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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
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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...
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