In the United States political parties and elections are the basis for forming our democratic way of life. A party is a group of people that share common ideas and direction within the government. Generally a party nominates a candidate whom they feel will do the best to ensure the principles and values of their party are reflected in government. Political parties are then responsible for campaigning their candidate and then voting him/her into position of power. In his book Why Parties? John Aldrich explores the history, formation, and importance of political parties to democracies. One of his main arguments is that democracies are unable to work unless they have some type of political party system in place. Aldrich argues that parties are essential for accountability. There is no way to hold one single person accountable for the actions taken by the president, House, and Senate. Blame or praise cannot be given to a single person based on actions that were implemented as a whole. Therefore political parties are the sole institution to accept accountability for events that were a collective effort. Aldrich also states his observation that political parties are a product of “the politician”. He claims that parties are simply vehicles used by politicians to obtain their own goals and ambitions. He also states that some politicians are only using the partisan goals of the party to put them in a position to accomplish their more fundamental goals. Politicians can only achieve their goals when their political party is efficient at solving problems that would take longer through other means. Aldrich makes the point that technology is one of the major forces that sculpt the nature of parties. For example campaigns have changed drastically over the past few decades as means of communication change drastically. In the past the only way to organize mass elections was through political parties. In today’s technologically advanced society individuals are able to
Political Parties and Unfair Elections
The Civil War and the Vietnam era of the 1960s forever changed the political party systems of our country. Those two time periods and the issues involved led to America embracing a two-party system, which is intact to this day. Due to the two-party system, it is extremely difficult for a candidate to be elected if he is not a member of either the Democratic or Republican party. This is not a situation that our founders would have encouraged, as they "disliked….
designed in order to allow the voter to indicate his/her disapproval of all the candidates in the voting system.
Election is all about choosing the right candidate, not voting against or showing dissatisfaction over a particular party.
Points in Favor-
· Gives true meaning to democracy
· People will be able to express what they actually want
· Political parties can project right and clear candidates
· Promotes spirit of democracy
The right purpose of democracy….
Party Driven Elections
Political parties are the driving force behind elections in the United States. Since the Reconstruction, no third-party candidate has even been close in winning the Presidential Race (Schattschneider 186). Also since then, only 163 third-party candidates have been elected to government office without being affiliated to the two major parties( Schattschneider 189).George Washington was the only man to be President as a true independent. Many people may look at this and….
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Why do democratic governments need political parties? Why does the United States have only two major parties? Name and explain the major factors influencing how many political parties exist in US politics. Under what circumstances could a viable third party emerge to challenge the Democrats and Republicans? Would you rather have more than a two (major) party system, and if so, why?
Democratic governments have been in existence for thousands….
The Context of Political Parties in PNG
A political party is defined as an organized group of people with at least roughly similar political aims and opinions, that seeks to influence public policy by getting its candidates elected to public office. Papua New Guinea has a multi-party system. The government of the day is usually described by a stiff competition between several parties to create a factionalized coalition government. The formation of national governments, since independence in 1975….
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Political parties have been the vehicle for inspiring voters to support fundamental political change when it is needed. Therefore, “even in jaded times, idealistic citizens seeking change turn to political parties to make a difference. (Mills) Out of many party system choices, multiple party systems rise above all the others. Multiple party systems have the ability to create ease in the election process, provide the voters the option to have a meaningful….
Political parties are one of the earliest available and visible institutions in a democracy. A political party is an association of people who come together on a common platform with the objective of contesting elections. Political parties have three components-leaders, active members and followers. One main function of political parties are to contest election, put forward policies and programmes, make laws, form a government, perform role of opposition, share public opinion and undertake welfare….
The five agents of socialization heavily influence a person’s political beliefs and views on different issues. Family and friends can influence a person on major political positions and even affect if that person considers themselves liberal, conservative, or moderate. A liberal is open to new behavior or opinions and willing to discard traditional values. A conservative holds to traditional attitudes and values and is cautious about change or innovation, typically in relation to politics or religion….
There are two main political parties in the United States: the Democratic Party and Republic party; these two parties have existed over 150 years. A political party is an alliance between people who share the same ideologies, interests and work together to accomplish a goal. Their main goal is to attain political power through representation in government. In the United States, political parties nominate candidates by holding primary elections. They elect their candidate to run for office and represent….
Political Parties in the United States of America
In the United States, there are many different political parties with many different ideals. Most people already know the; Republican Party, Democrat Party, and the Green party. The Republican and Democratic usually have the most impact on the United States, considering that our Presidents are usually one of them. Smaller political parties still carry a lot of influencing power, even though most people don’t notice it. A few examples….