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Unformatted text preview: officially entering election contests Direct Representation: the view that elected officials pursue policies that reflect the views of the citizens that elected them Accountability: the view that as policy is implemented, that those responsible for creating the policy can be identified, and subsequently rewarded or punished depending on whether the policy succeeds or fails Party: A party is any political group identified by an official label that presents at election and is capable of placing through election candidates for public office Function of political parties To structure political conflict The help carry out the resolution of that conflict in a manner consistent with the electoral mandate Elections and Voting How do people decide on a candidate? Long term forces Party identification Ideology Medium term forces Policy issues Short term forces Nature of the times Economy, war, scandal Candidates...
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- Fall '07