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Parties, Partisanship, Public Participation, Interest Groups

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Political Science
Ryan Hurl

thPOL203Y1 US Government and Politics January 26 2012Parties Partisanship Public Participation Interest Groups Review 1 The American TwoParty System and Party Ideologyy Parties in US exhibit distinct ideologies over time y They develop in diff waysmore or else 2 major fishers in development of Republican Party in nationalist period and a neoliberal party when republican party became what it is today thy Mid 20 century democratic party experiences a fisher over its culturally conservative wing producing a party that is roe contemporary liberalism continuing emphasis on national power and redistributive functions of liberal state republican party y Realignment theory2 Interpreting Elections Alignments Critical Elections ReAlignmenty Realignment theory a given set of social economic circumstances will determineinfluence the structure creating a dominant party y Subsequent social changes will reshape those underline interests and reshape coalition of those partiesDemocratic Party Coalitions and ReAlignment Theory y During the new deal Democratic party is attracting new voters adding African American voters labourers etc y Certain problem w alignment theory because break up of coalition does not lead to dominance of new party y The changes that occurred in 1960s weakened democratic coalition leads to period of dealignment y During this period voters more inclined to support third parties y Democratic party is increasing their support amongst Hispanics as they are becoming larger portion of population y Ideas of democratic party based on demographics alone will have an advantage over subsequent election cycles y When people looked at youth vote in 2008 and saw that voters under 30 swung towards democratic party in mass y A lot of voters during new deal era became very attached to democratic party due to great depression rise in equality and is creating a long term attachment of young voters Alternative Interpretations y State of economy is really going to affect voting y Pattern of elections seems to be consistent with idea of polarizationdealing w situation where pattern of election seems to suggest tat public reacts to dialogical overreach by parties y This is pattern for last 30 yearsThe Unbearable Unpredictability of Elections 20082010
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