Functions Help electoral process Organize government Nominate candidates
Types of Systems One party Two party Multi -party
2 Party System http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_6qOBOdiaczY/RxvuCxyH8cI/AAAAAAAAAAk/s_iGLVDJMZI/s320/Elephant%2BDonkey%2BBoxing.jpg
1 st Political Party Federalists v. Democratic Republicans Federalist v Anti- Federalists Manufacturing vs farming DR 1800-1829 http://www.sar.org/images/presbnnr.jpg
Democrats v. Whigs Democrats v. Republicans Andrew Jackson drops Republican from name Whigs form to oppose Jackson til 1852 Lincoln elected due to Dem split Republicans hold till 1932 Democrats 32 till 1968 Republicans 68 till ??
Third Parties Independents Any party not associated w/ dominant 2 Third Parties- CNN 2004 Third Parties- CNN 2004 Third Parties- CNN 2004 Candidate not associated w/ any party http://www.amren.com/ar/2002/10/CoverArtsml.jpg
Political Parties & Public Good Criticisms Special Interest Special Interest Self-Serving Office Seekers Self-Serving Office Seekers Politicking Politicking Weakness of Political Parties Weakness of Political Parties
Benefits Provide Information Provide Information Accommodate Varied Opinions Accommodate Varied Opinions Discourage Sudden Shifts Discourage Sudden Shifts Encourage Political Participation Encourage Political Participation