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U.S. Government And Politics, 2nd Edition by Franco Scardino

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CHAPTER6

Political Parties

In This Chapter

  • The nature and functions of U.S. political parties
  • The history of the two-party system
  • The nature and role of minor parties
  • The structure of the two major parties
  • The presidential nominating process

People create political parties to promote their ideas and goals. Parties have many functions in a democracy, but perhaps the most important role parties play is narrowing the choice of candidates in an election. Elections serve to decide who will have political power, and parties are the venue by which people compete to become candidates for election. Parties help stabilize democracy by creating peaceful ...

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