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“Aldrich’s explanations suffer from too rigid an application of Schumpeter and Down’s analysis, while Hough’s is based on the logical extrapolations (and/or defects) or Downs and the implications of Mancur Olson.” Discuss this statement, indicating the arguments and evidence that can be used in favors and those against it. 1. Like Downs and Schumpeter, Aldrich explains political parties through rational choice theory. a. Like Downs, Aldrich believes that there is a convergence to the political center on a single spectrum; b. but unlike Downs, Aldrich acknowledges that single-spectrum issues rarely exist in practice. b.i. Aldrich’s multidimensionality recognizes the weaknesses of Downs’ single spectrum analysis. 2. Aldrich’s theory on party activists acknowledges the limitations of Downs’ theory in multiple spectrums. a. The activists are party purists who are motivated by policy ends and push the candidate away from the center. 3.
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This note was uploaded on 02/21/2012 for the course HIST 2312 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '10 term at Texas State.

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