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10/27/10 EC- #9564 Political Parties Defined Intellectual shortcut o A way for the candidates to tell us what they believe Heuristic Organized group Functions of Political Parties Fill gaps left by constitution Recruit candidates into the electoral process and nominate them for office Allow for public leverage through party label o When we see (R) or (D) we know their general stance Bridge constitutional gaps between institutions Bring citizens into electoral process o Get you registered to vote for their party o Get you mobilized (out to vote) United Government When you control the Executive and both Houses of Congress Divided Government One party holds Executive and at least one House of Congress is controlled by the opposite party Two-Party System Two parties that are consistently the most likely to win office and gain power Still have 3 rd and 4 th Parties Third Parties Green Party Rarely successful (Never had a Third Party President)
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This note was uploaded on 12/07/2011 for the course POLS 207 taught by Professor Peterson during the Fall '07 term at Texas A&M.

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