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provide alternative channel or linkage between public and government.
EX: political parties and interest groups
3 Aspects of Political Parties
1.In the electorate
2. As an organization
3. As leaders of government
What is important about Party organization in the U.S.?
There is no single organization model throughout the U.S.
What happens at a National Convention?
1. Choose Presidential Nominee
2. Approve VP nominee
3. Adopt Party Platform and rules for next convention
Why is the National Convention important?
Key point of contact between state and national organizations
What should a strong party look like?
they recruit, finance, and organize campaigns Leaders dominate over followers and anyone lower than them. THEY ARE LOYAL TO THE PARTY
Why does the U.S. have weak parties?
1)broad membership, not idealogical
2)structure of government
3)structure of electoral system
4)party leaders don't have rewards or punishments for people
Describe Broad Membership as a weakness of U.S. parties
not idealogical. not exclusionary. parties overlap on most issues.
division of responsibilities between national and local government. causes conflicts of interest.
separation of powers
division of responsibilities within each level of government. causes different opinions from each branch.
Describe the structure of the electoral system as a weakness of U.S. parties
more electable officials than any other country at all different times of the year. No unity for the party.
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