System is rigged for the two parties so they cant become competitive Two

System is rigged for the two parties so they cant

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System is rigged for the two parties, so they can’t become competitive Two parties control the state governments They don’t wanna make things more competitive Functions of Political Parties Label Party Identification Psychological attachment Information Shortcut Independents aren’t moderate, and a dealignment is happening Organize campaigns Nominate and elect candidates Farm system Republicans are better at this R and D next to their name gets the votes without any research Fundraising and voter election Once it gets down, it’s a popularity contest Mobilize voters Mobilization becomes helpful in spreading word “Running” the government Organize government Federal government is biggest thing in the world They’re EVERYWHERE Every country with an embassy and stuff it’s the federal government Agenda
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Provide loyal opposition No power for the Democrats Republican Agenda: Comparison With Other Democracies Parliamentary Systems: US → People elect President Senate House We directly elect executive and legislative branch Parliamentary → People elect Party Which party do we want in power Once the party is chosen, they choose the leaders Multiparty systems Proportional representation Party A: 45% Party B: 39% Party C: 7% Party D: 9% Party A needs to build a coalition since they don’t have a majority If Party A can get C or D to join them, it’s big Party A gets its top 45 people in a seat Multi-member districts Coalitions Power is centralized in these Party centralism Party Discipline The Major Parties Republican National Committee Democratic National Committee Both are coalition of 50 state parties National Convention Purposes: Create party platform Massive document saying positions on everything Says who they are and what they believe Creates bitter infighting Choose a presidential candidate Delegate Formulas Can and do influence party platform and who the nominees are Try and reward states for loyalty Can and do influence party platform and who the nominees are Minor Parties Ideological Parties Communist Party of America
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Socialist Party of America They don’t have long-term success because of their refusal to compromise One-Issue Parties Green Party Issue of environmentalism Factional Parties Group within the existing parties breaks off from the existing one Bull Moose/Progressive Taft vs. Teddy. Such a division that Wilson won Dixiecrat Conservative Southern Segregationists Strom Thurmond American Independent Party George Wallace Wallace had huge Southern support Impact of minor parties Ralph Nader in 2000 Green would’ve voted Al 1992 Georgia Senate Election Why the 2-Party System?
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