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Unformatted text preview: only two parties . In the American form of democracy, the majority rules. Minority parties, therefore, cannot survive. Because American political parties have to appeal to a majority of the electorate, they: tend to focus on middle of the road political issues (e.g., crime and family values). They cross class lines They avoid specific or controversial policies and issues. American political parties could not win elections if they advocated specific issues or offered support to specific groups....
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