Political Science 1101 Party System Notes

Political Science 1101 Party System Notes - Political...

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Political Parties - Location of Political parties in the American System - Differences between Political Parties and Interest Groups o Interest Groups focus on more specific policy goals o Parties run candidates for office; while interest groups attempt to influence those already in office (interest groups do not run candidates for office) The Constitution’s Unwanted Offspring - The Constitution contains no mention of Political parties Incentives for Party Building - Constitutional Designs; such as voting, making choices collectively - Formation of Majority Coalitions o Organization Pays To Build Stable Legislative and Electoral Alliance - Congress o Federalists vs. Democratic Republicans (reincarnation of Anti-federalists; precursor to today’s Democratic party) (Federalists devolve into the Whigs which breaks up and then the Republicans form) - Durable alliances reduce the transaction costs (cost of coming to a decision, reaching a decision is reduced by political parties) of negotiating winning coalitions for each new proposal. To Mobilize Voters
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