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a group of persons joined together on the basis of certain principals who seek to control government
ethical set of ideals, principles, myths, or symbols of a social movement, class, or large group that explains how society should work
list of the values and actions which are supported by a political party or individual candidate
a voter or candidate who does not identify with a political party.
open to new behavior or opinions and willing to discard traditional values
views are between conservative and liberal
believes government power should be limited in order to maximize individual freedom
biased in support of a party
free from party ties or bias
supported by two political parties
What is the goal of a political party?
smaller political parties-have little impact on national elections
declaration of the principles and policies of a political party
to inform the people on party beliefs and encourage them to vote.
nominate candidates for public office
party out of power makes sure the government is doing what they said they would do
What are 3 ways political parties help citizens?
gives them a voice in government, informs, gets them involved
What party system is used in the US?
The two party system
Why do we still use the two party system?
historical Influence, broad political beliefs, winner take all
What does GOP stand for?
Grand Old Party (Republicans)
What are ideological parties?
minor parties with a comprehensive view of social, economic, and political matters
What are single issue parties?
minor parties who arise around a single issue
What are splinter parties?
minor parties who arise from the democratic or republican parties
Innovator Role of Minor Parties
exposes issues to/in major parties and are not created to win elections
Spoiler Role of Minor Parties
takes votes away from one of the two major parties
What are the 3 types of party systems
one party, two party, multiparty
political system in which only one party exists
electoral system with two dominant parties that compete in elections
political party system that recognizes 3 or more major political parties
What is the plurality issue?
when less than 50% of people vote for the majority party
Pros of One Party System
quick; easy to decide in government
Cons of One Party System
oppressive; allows for Communism; corrupt
Pros of a two party system
more government stability; provides basic choice; helps in gaining political majority
Cons of a two party system
limited choices; difficulty in changing; wasted vote fear
Pros of a multi party system
more choices; variety; very democratic
Cons of a multi party system
government instability; plurality; coalitions dont last long
a combination, union, or merger of parties for some specific purpose
Why do third parties not stick?
They are too late and need too much money
Lowering tax on wealthy
Supports all forms of energy
US Military should be the strongest on Earth
No help with student loans
Help with student loans
Path for immigrants
More restrictions on gun control
Oppose drilling and fossil fuel
Raise minimum wage
Climate change is urgent
Wealthy pay fair share of taxes
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