Political Parties and Interest Groups

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Political Parties Definition: coalitions of individuals and groups that seek to influence gov’t by getting their candidates elected to office How are they different from interest groups?
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Political Parties--functions In democratic political systems: 1. campaign for office—multiple tasks: recruit, mobilize voters, GOTV, funding, training 2. educate public, simplify elections 3. unify gov’t—across branches, levels 4. organize gov’t—congressional leadership, executive positions 5. check the gov’t—loyal opposition
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Parties Skepticism Regarding Political Parties Framers warned against them, these same people created the first US parties Political scientists: Difficult to have democracy without competing parties Why? Paties also exist in non-dem states (Nazi Germany, USSR, China, Saddam’s Iraq) What’s the difference?
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Traits of US party system Definition of party system Traits of US system 1.Two-party competition, Dems and Reps (nationally
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