Presentation on theme: "PARTY ORGANIZATION. How are Political Parties like extended families? Is any1 person in control? Would the family support each other in a crisis or confrontation?"— Presentation transcript:
How are Political Parties like extended families? Is any1 person in control? Would the family support each other in a crisis or confrontation? Might the extended family disagree on certain issues?
DECENTRALIZATION OF PARTIES Parties do NOT have a chain of command running from State all the way to Federal levels. They are: Decentralized Fragmented Disjointed Parties have similar beliefs, but there is not a list of mandatory beliefs that a politician HAS to have to be a specific party. Candidates Bash each other … then are best friends. Examples: Obama vs ClintonObama vs Clinton
NATIONAL PARTY PROCEDURE National Conventions meet in the Summer of the year of the election (2012,2008,2004…etc) Officially nominates the President and Vice President Officially adopts the party platform (what the party stands for) Romney accepting the nomination The NATIONAL PARTY has a National Committee and a National Chairperson That leads the party and handles the party’s Affairs. Dem. Chairperson: Debbie Wasserman Schultz Howard deanHoward dean Rep. Chairperson: Reince Priebus
STATE AND LOCAL PROCEDURE State and local Party organizations are reflections of the National procedure. Here is the state breakdown of political organization: States have CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS Peoria is in the 18 th district! Aaron shock Who is our 18 th district congressman? in the cities, DISTRICTS are divided into WARDS WARDS are divided into PRECINCTS
THE FUTURE OF POLITICAL PARTIES Political parties have never been very popular among common citizens. Since 1964, party affiliation has been in decline. Reasons for party affiliation decline: 1. A sharp drop in citizens that register as Dem. or Rep., and an increase in Independent voters. 2. A big increase in SPLIT-TICKET VOTING. Voting for candidates of different parties for different offices at the same election. 3. Structure changes that have made parties more ‘open’ 4. The increase in media has led voters to rely more on their own decisions than the dependence of a party affiliation 5. Growth of single-issue organizations in politics (TEA-PARTY) 6. Who became the “leader” of the teap party after 2008?