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Unformatted text preview: LO-12Political PartiesFunctions of Political Parties in DemocraciesElectioneering/Select and sponsor Candidates for officeSome countries: Pol Parties develop lists of candidatesEarly US: candidates frequently chosen by important party officialsUS today: PartiesChoose candidatesDefine Policy Agenda- Party PlatformHelp during Election PhaseParties help organize & mobilizeGoverning/Help Organize GovtControl governmentProvide teams that can work togetherProvide cohesion between branches of govtProvide information to party membersProvide a vocal oppositionHelp educate votersProvide venue for comm between voters and GovtLink citizens to GovtHelp preserve social orderPolitical Parties in the USGeneralNot mentioned in the ConstitutionTwo Party system emerges over timeFounding fathers tended to divide into 2 campsSystem of Govt contributes to maintenance of 2 Party systemSingle member winner-take-all districtsMany other democracies have multi-seat districts, allocated proportionally...
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