Lecture 16 November 29

Lecture 16 November 29 - Today in Comparative Politics...

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Today in Comparative Politics Political parties Social cleavages, electoral rules, and party systems
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Political Parties Organizations that include Officeholders Those who help get and keep them there
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Purposes of political parties 1. Frame the political realm for voters and politicians. Aggregate individual interests into collective policy stances Resolve voters’ uncertainty about electoral options Coordinate legislators’ actions 2. Recruit and train the political elite. 3. Mobilize the masses. Promote turnout, other political participation Foster collective action to produce legislation 4. Connect citizens’ preferences to policy. Advocate members’ interests to government Hold individual politicians accountable for their behavior Control behavior of citizens
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