Politics and parties
Download
1 / 19

Politics and Parties Me Dr. Casey Dominguez - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • 418 Views
  • Uploaded on

Politics and Parties Me  Dr. Casey Dominguez Office: 254 IPJ Office Hours: 1 hour after class MWF 11:05-12:05 also TuTh 10:40-11:40 Email: [email protected] Website: http://home.sandiego.edu/~caseydominguez/parties.html E-Reserve Password: POLS313 Policies

loader
I am the owner, or an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyrighted work described.
capcha
Download Presentation

PowerPoint Slideshow about 'Politics and Parties Me Dr. Casey Dominguez' - Audrey


An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Presentation Transcript

Slide2 l.jpg
Me

  • Dr. Casey Dominguez

  • Office: 254 IPJ

  • Office Hours: 1 hour after class

    • MWF 11:05-12:05

    • also TuTh 10:40-11:40

  • Email: [email protected]

  • Website: http://home.sandiego.edu/~caseydominguez/parties.html

  • E-Reserve Password: POLS313


  • Policies l.jpg
    Policies

    • Tardiness: It’s rude. I notice.I do not repeat information.

    • Late papers: 1/3 grade for every day late

    • Cheating: I will report you to the Dean for even a minor infraction.

      • All papers must be uploaded to turnitin.com.



    Politics and parties parties and interest groups l.jpg

    Politics and PartiesParties and Interest Groups


    What is a political party l.jpg
    What is a political party?

    • “A party is a body of men united, for promoting by their joint endeavors the national interest, upon some particular principle in which they are all agreed.”

      Edmund Burke, 1770


    What is a political party7 l.jpg
    What is a political party?

    • “A coalition of men seeking to control the governing apparatus by legal means.”

      Anthony Downs, 1957


    What is a political party8 l.jpg
    What is a political party?

    • “A coalition of elites to capture and use political office…but…more than a coalition…an institutionalized coalition, one that has adopted rules, norms, and procedures.”

      John Aldrich, 1995


    What is a political party9 l.jpg
    What is a political party?

    • “A durable social formation which seeks offices or power in government, exhibits a structure…which links leaders at the centers of government to a significant popular following in the political arena and its local enclaves, and generates in-group perspectives or at least symbols of identification or loyalty.”

      William Nisbet Chambers (1967)


    What is a political party10 l.jpg
    What is a political party?

    • It aims to promote certain policies

    • It inspires loyalty among voters who agree with those policies

    • It works to gain power in government

      • By nominating and fighting for the election of candidates

    • It is an organization with rules

    • It also organizes coalitions within government, simplifying policymaking


    3 ways to think about party l.jpg
    3 ways to think about party

    • Party as organization

    • Party in the electorate (and in elections)

    • Party in government


    What is an interest group l.jpg
    What is an interest group?

    • A group in society

    • That tries to influence government

    • That is not a part of the government

    • That may or may not have a membership base

    • That does NOT run candidates for office


    Syllabus organization l.jpg
    Syllabus Organization

    • Why are we conflicted about the merits of parties and interest groups?

    • How do interest groups and parties overcome organizational challenges?

    • How do interest groups and parties relate to the public at large?

    • How do interest groups and parties participate in elections?

    • How do interest groups and parties participate in the governing process?


    Assignments l.jpg
    Assignments

    • 25% Participant observation paper, including outlines and drafts

    • 25% Analytical essay (with research component), including outlines and drafts

    • 25% Final Exam

    • NO MIDTERM

    • 10% “Pop” reading quizzes

    • 5% Oral Presentation

    • 5% Peer editing

    • 5% Class participation and prompt attendance


    Paper 1 l.jpg
    Paper #1

    • “Participant observation”

    • Attend a meeting of a political party, or a group that has some political goals, either on campus or in the community. (Since many groups only have meetings once a month, or less often, you will need to choose this group and ask permission to attend the meeting ASAP).


    Paper 116 l.jpg
    Paper #1

    • Observe how the group is run, the demographic characteristics of the members or attendees, and the substance of the discussion. What do you observe the group’s goals to be? What do you think are the biggest obstacles to their success in achieving those goals? Are they aware of those obstacles? What could they do to overcome them?


    Paper 117 l.jpg
    Paper #1

    • At the meeting or elsewhere, interview the group’s leader and at least two other members of the group. Ask them how they, personally, got involved with the group, how much of their time it takes, and why they choose to participate. Also ask them what the group’s short and long term goals are, what resources they need to achieve those goals, and how they will get those resources.


    Paper 118 l.jpg
    Paper #1

    • Write an 8-10 page essay that MAKES AN ARGUMENT in answer to the following questions, relating your observations substantively to the material we’ve discussed in class:

      • What are the prospects for this group achieving its political goals?

      • How does it deal with the collective action problems it faces?

      • If you were the leader of the group, would you do anything differently to achieve your group’s goals?


    Paper 2 l.jpg
    Paper #2

    • A choice:

    • An analysis of one way in which interest groups or parties fail to serve democracy, with explanations for why this situation exists, and arguments for how to improve it.

    • Research about a public policy issue, and the ways that interest groups and parties approach it and deal with it. Analyze the ways in which the public good about this issue is achieved or not, with a focus on the role that interest groups and parties play in that process.


    ad