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Unformatted text preview: POLITICAL PARTIES American Political Systems 11/9/2010 Political Party: A political party is a group of voter’s activists candidates and office holders who identify with a party label - They recruit and run candidates for public office under the party label o Some set of common commitments- They try to organize and coordinate the activities of gov officials under the party name Role of Political Parties in democracy- Many political scientists believe that parties are essential to democracy- The political party is seen by some as the main instrument of popular sovereignty and majority rule. - Parties provide a way for the people to keep elected officials responsive and responsible through competitive elections. Parties and Majority Rule- Parties mobilizing activities can contribute to democracy by educating people about politics- Elections create an incentive to include as many voters as possible, with a majority being the goal of each party therefore parties try to broaden their appeal by running candidates...
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This note was uploaded on 09/07/2011 for the course ENVD 3114 taught by Professor Pyatt during the Spring '10 term at University of Colorado Denver.
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