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American political parties are more effective at mobilizing voters than are parties in other democratic nations.
Once in office, elected officials in Europe are expected to vote and act together with other members of their party
Most Americans would resent partisanship becoming a conspicuous feature of other organizations to which they belong.
The Founders favored parties because they enhanced communication between the government and its citizens.
Popular support for the Federalist party was limited to sections of the country and particular classes of Americans.
The text concludes the election of Ronald Reagan clearly signaled a new electoral realignment.
The "reforms" which followed the 1960s resulted in a Democratic national convention that more closely reflected public opinion than the Republican national convention.
Today, national conventions are places where party leaders meet to bargain over the selection of their presidential candidates.
The Hatch Act of 1939 made it illegal for federal civil service employees to work in partisan campaigns.
Political machines usually supported presidential candidates who had the best chance of winning even if they held contrary policy viewpoints.
In 1992, Bill Cointon won 45 percent of the popular vote in Missouri, but all of the state's electoral votes.
The text suggests no third party is likely to win--or even come close to winning--the presidency any time soon.
For many years, the laws of many states made it difficult, if not impossible, for third parties to get on the ballot.
Today, a larger proportion of party delegates are interested in issues and less amenable to compromise.
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