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Allan Stern12/11/12AP Poly SciHW #121.The founding fathers believed that political parties because they viewed them as factions, motivated by ambition and self-interest. The legitimacy and success of the newly created federal government were still very much in doubt. 2.Our party system differs from those of other representative democracies is that in other countries the only way a person can run for office is that you have to be nominated by party leaders, and campaigns are run, and funded by that party. Many European countries have not been able to depend on party loyalties, similar to America. The federal system of our government in the United States decentralizes political authority, which decentralizes political parties. In the United States we vote for the people we want to run in most states, and are not chosen by party leaders. America has primaries, and caucuses. The United States uses a “two-party” system, and most other countries in the world have multiple ones.