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Chapter 7: Political Parties (Study Guide; T/F)

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The decline in political parties poses serious problems for our representative democracy.
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American political parties are more effective at mobilizing voters than are parties in other democratic nations.
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The number of Americans who identify themselves as independents is increasing
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Once in office, elected officials in Europe are expected to vote and act together with other members of their party
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Political authority in the U.S. has of late come to be far more centralized.
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Political parties have of late become more centralized.
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Primary elections are extremely competitive in Europe
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Most Americans would resent partisanship becoming a conspicuous feature of other organizations to which they belong.
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Our nation began without political parties.
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The followers of Hamilton founded the first political party.
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The Founders favored parties because they enhanced communication between the government and its citizens.
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The first political party took for a name "Republicans."
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Popular support for the Federalist party was limited to sections of the country and particular classes of Americans.
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The convention system was first developed in part as a reform.
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The modern Republican Party began as a third party.
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The Progressives opposed non-partisan elections.
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The reforms of the Progressives had the effect of weakening political parties.
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An electoral realignment took place in 1860.
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Economic issues triggered the alignments of 1896 and 1932.
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The text concludes the election of Ronald Reagan clearly signaled a new electoral realignment.
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Split ticket voting has been most common in the northeastern United States.
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Super-delegates are delegates to the national conventions who are also public officials.
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The "reforms" which followed the 1960s resulted in a Democratic national convention that more closely reflected public opinion than the Republican national convention.
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Today, national conventions are places where party leaders meet to bargain over the selection of their presidential candidates.
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The Hatch Act of 1939 made it illegal for federal civil service employees to work in partisan campaigns.
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The text suggests the Hatch Act of 1939 destroyed so-called "political machines."
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Elections where party machines were active commonly featured high voter turnout.
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Political machines usually supported presidential candidates who had the best chance of winning even if they held contrary policy viewpoints.
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Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy benefited from machine politics.
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The ideological party values winning above all else.
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The most firmly ideological parties have been factions within the Democratic Party.
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Solidary groups tend to work harder than others.
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David Mayhew suggests the traditional party organization exists in about half of the states.
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Most European democracies have strong two party systems like the United States.
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In 1992, Bill Cointon won 45 percent of the popular vote in Missouri, but all of the state's electoral votes.
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The United States has never experimented with proportional representation.
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In the United states, a third party has never won the presidency.
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The text suggests no third party is likely to win--or even come close to winning--the presidency any time soon.
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For many years, the laws of many states made it difficult, if not impossible, for third parties to get on the ballot.
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The minor parties that have endured in American politics have been ideological ones.
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The authors conclude that it is striking that we have had so many minor parties.
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Today, a larger proportion of party delegates are interested in issues and less amenable to compromise.
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Before 1972, party leaders chose most party delegates.
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Only about half as many people vote in primaries as in general elections.
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Since 1968, The Democratic Party has had no trouble winning congressional elections.
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Republican convention delegates appear to be more separated from the opinions of most citizens than Democratic convention delegates.