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role of parties
Transcript of role of parties
- partisanship (base decisions on party)
- many government bodies aim for bipartisanship (not basing decisions solely
on party interests)
Inform and activate citizens
organizations that seek to achieve power by electing members to office
- educate the electorate (voting population) on party platform
- get voters attention -- rallies, speeches, commercials, etc.
~ try to get money
Unit 4 - linkage institutions (what links the people to the government
- select people to run for office who believe in the party platform
- candidates represent the party and spread the party message
using the media to spread the message!
- put pressure and communicate goals to office holders (who make policy)
- make sure elected officials follow through on promises (watchdog!)
set of statements that describe a party's views on issues
must be broad to attract a lot of supporters
most powerful political party is one with most members in office (majority)
Executive branch -- Democrats
House of Reps --
majority party may need minority party support in order to get legislation passed
Rank and file:
register as a party member
vote in elections as straight ticket voter (only 1 party)
work for party and give $
win > issues
straight ticket voter
care about party b/w elections
want voice, donate $, work for party
care about win and the ideology
issues > win
won't support candidate if views differ
form interest groups or minor party
if needs are ignored
people say political parties are a 3 headed giant...
it is Organized
~ ppl work for the party throughout the year
--recruit, raise $, and establish levels
(check out that awesome pyramid)
it has a strong Electorate
~ ppl identify (rank and file, reg, activist, purist)
and contribute $ or work on campaign
it is embedded in
~ the elected office holders join together and set public policy
when party works together:
can influence govt
and pass legislation
when party doesn't get along:
don't win elections,
don't impact gov't,
leads to gridlock
we start with: