Political Parties. Parties and What They Do Dubbs Govt. What is a Political Party? It’s NOT what you think of when you think “party”. What Is a Party?. A group of persons who seek to control government by winning elections and holding public office.
Parties and What They Do
Pretty boring slide, eh?
ACCOUNTABILITY: The party NOT in power has a responsibility to monitor the party in power. This is what is know as loyal opposition—or partisan politics.
Partisan: Along party lines
What does it mean?
Minor/third receive wide voter support
State election laws are written to discourage minor parties.
We have a pluralistic society: range of culture/groups
BUT, there is still a broad consensus
Major parties tend to take moderate stands on issue
GOP: Grand Old Party
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
President Harry S. Truman
President Lyndon B. Johnson
President Jimmy Carter
President Abraham Lincoln
President Dwight D. Eisenhower
President Ronald Reagan
President George H.W. Bush
Parties are like HUGE businesses: