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Revision pol sci exam 3 - Political Parties (Reading and...

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1. What is the definition of a political party? a. How is the party organized? (pp. 254-257) What are the different levels of a party? (Lecture) i. What is the role of the local party? ii. What is the role of the state party organization? iii. What is a party machine? How did the party machine develop? b. How do the levels of party interact with one another? (Lecture) 2. How do we measure party identification? (Lecture) 3. What purpose and functions do parties serve? (pp. 252-254) 4. You should be able to identify and briefly explain the history of the American party system. (pp. 245-252) a. What did the founding fathers think of political parties? How did political parties first emerge in American politics? b. What is realignment? Why is it significant? What is dealignment? c. There are five major party systems and a question of whether there is a sixth. What are these major systems and when did they occur? Who are the major players? What are the major issues that characterize each system? d. How does the text describe the current political system (since 2000)? 5. Why does the United States have a two-party system? Pp. 264-266 a. What is Duverger’s law? (lecture) 6. What is the role of minor parties in American politics? Pp. 266-268 a. What has been their historical significance? Why do they appear? Disappear? b.
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This note was uploaded on 06/06/2011 for the course POL 261h taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Sam Houston State University.

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