Democratization in the US. US Constitution: Voting.
Democratization in the US
A. Change in Attitudes
1. Expansion of electorate (collapse prop req)
2. Jump in voter turnout (life and death rhetoric)
3. New efforts to mobilize
George Caleb Bingham, “Stump Speaking”
“The County Election”
Political Party: a group of people organized to influence government through winning elections and setting public policy.
The political party is organized from the bottom up:
“Party in the Electorate”
1. Party organization
2. Party in the electorate
3. Party in government
The USA has had a two-party system throughout its history: third parties occasionally emerge, but usually, most elected officials come from one of the two major parties.
Major 3rd Parties: Republicans (pre-1860), Populists, Progressives, Green, Independents