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790: 104: Introduction to American Politics Lecture #7: Political Parties
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Main Questions Ø What are Political Parties? Ø Why do we Have Political Parties? Ø How do Political Parties Work? Ø Are Political Parties Good or Bad for Democracy?
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What are Political Parties?: A Working Definition Ø Parties: “Groups of like minded individuals who come together for the purpose of winning and retaining control of government. Ø Parties represent the primary connection between ordinary citizens and the public officials they elect.
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Why do we have Political Parties? Ø John Aldrich (b. 1947): Argues in his book Why Parties (1995) that political parties are a natural part of the American political system. Ø He also argues that parties are merely instruments of
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Why do we Have Two Strong Parties in America? Durverger’s Law Ø Maurice Duverger (b.1917): Argues in his 1951 book “Political Parties” that America’s electoral rules contribute to the rise of an entrenched two-party system. Ø Duverger’s law: Single-member, first
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Recruitment, Campaigning and Elections Ø Parties recruit and slate candidates to run for office. Ø
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This note was uploaded on 03/06/2012 for the course POLITICAL 101 taught by Professor Kubik during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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