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Chapter 5

Chapter 5. Section 1. S E C T I O N 1 Parties and What They Do. What is a political party? What are the major functions of political parties?. 2. 3. 4. 5. Chapter 5, Section 1. What Is a Party?.

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Chapter 5

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  1. Chapter 5 Section 1

  2. S E C T I O N 1Parties and What They Do • What is a political party? • What are the major functions of political parties? 2 3 4 5 Chapter 5, Section 1

  3. What Is a Party? • Apolitical partyis a group of persons who seek to control government by winning elections and holding office. • The two major partiesin American politics are the Republican and Democratic parties. • Parties can be principle-oriented, issue-oriented, or election-oriented. The American parties are election-oriented. 2 3 4 5 Chapter 5, Section 1

  4. Nominate Candidates—Recruit, choose, and present candidates for public office. Inform and Activate Supporters—Campaign, define issues, and criticize other candidates. Act as a Bonding Agent—Guarantee that their candidate is worthy of the office. Govern—Members of government act according to their partisanship, or firm allegiance to a party. Act as a Watchdog—Parties that are out of power keep a close eye on the actions of the party in powerfor a blunder to use against them in the next election. What Do Parties Do? 2 3 4 5 Chapter 5, Section 1

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