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What are the two ways to remove factions according to madison in feder

What are the two ways to remove factions according to madison in feder


School: University of North Texas
Department: Political Science
Course: US Political Behavior and Policy
Professor: Glen biglaiser
Term: Fall 2017
Tags: politicalparties, factions, Federalist10, democracy, campaigns, Electorate, Organizations, Coalitions, PartyEras, DownsModel, and Duverger's
Cost: 25
Name: Week 6 Notes
Description: These notes cover the material covered 10/2, 10/4, and 10/6. These notes cover Political parties and factions and how each function. These notes also talk about the history of Political parties.
Uploaded: 10/04/2017
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10 October 2017 – Parties and the Founders

What are the two ways to remove factions according to madison in federalist 10?

 No mention of parties in the Constitution

 The founders were weary of parties

 Federalist 10, Madison talked about the “mischiefs of factions”  Washington warned of the “baneful acts of party”

 Even though the founders were opposed to parties, they quickly rose  Republicans and Democrats

 E.E. Schatschneider (1942) wrote, “Democracy is unthinkable without  parties”

 Organizations seeking to influence the government by electing their members to important government offices

 Seek control, not just influence

 Elections, not revolutions

 Broad-based parties in U.S.

 Representing basic political ideas to which highly diverse elements of society  may be attracted.

Why is collective action important?

 Why Parties?

 Facilitate collective action

 In the electoral and policy-making process

 Rational for people to “free ride”: abstain from voting

 Parties help candidates mobilize their voters

 More difficult to “renege” on agreements

 Deal with the problem of ambition

 Individual ambition could undermine the bases for cooperation between  politicians

 Parties channel those ambitions such that they are not weakened by  ambitious politicians

 Tasks of Parties

 Pick candidates We also discuss several other topics like How a stimulus becomes a sensation?

 Recruit people to run for office

∙ “Eligibility Pool”

 Formally nominate candidates to the ballot

How do we nominate candidates?

∙ The Process of how parties select their candidates Don't forget about the age old question of What are some scarcity examples?

♦ Process to how much support can be given

 Conduct election campaigns

 Provide information to voters about candidates and policy

 Run Campaigns

 Give Cues to Voters (Parties are a Heuristic)

 Articulate Policies Don't forget about the age old question of How do the skeletal muscular cardiovascular and respiratory system cooperate?

 Link government to public

 Give voters a coherent public expression on public policy issues  Define the public issues, creating a “public agenda”

 Govern

 Components of Parties

 Three parts:

 Party in the electorate

∙ These are the voters in an election; those who identify with a political  party If you want to learn more check out Which sense is the most developed at birth?

∙ Party identification: a citizen’s self-proclaimed preference for one party  or the other

♦ Republican, Democrat, or Independent

∙ Ticket-splitting

♦ Voting with one party for one office and with another party for other offices

♦ Independents most likely to split tickets

 Party as an organization

∙ National Convention: The meeting of party delegates to choose a  presidential ticket

♦ Formal send-of

♦ Approve the party platform

∙ National Committee: Keeps the party operating between Conventions ♦ They support the organization We also discuss several other topics like Using the rule of 72, what is the average annual growth rate of gdp needed for a country to double its size in just four years?

 Fund Raising

 Party in government Don't forget about the age old question of What are the components of the skeletal system?

∙ Party members elected to government

♦ Goal to change policy

∙ Candidates are less dependent on parties to get elected

♦ They still need help

 Help can be given through money

 Still does not win the election

 Also information can be helpful

 Recognition

 Credibility

♦ Once elected the party becomes very important to the candidate ∙ Coalition

♦ Group of individuals with a common goal which every political party depends on

♦ There’s diferent types of coalition depending on the reasons for  getting together

∙ Parties = platforms & politicians = promises

♦ Politicians need to keep promises for a higher chance of reelection ♦ Generally the promises are kept in office

 Framers are skeptical about factions because they thought they would use  violence to achieve their goals.

 Interest groups are factions

 Political parties are factions

 Parties in American History

 Party Eras

 Historical periods where majority votes stay with the party in power ∙ Ex. Voters side with Democrats for a number of elections then shift to  other parties later elections

 Critical Election

 Massive change in electoral politics

∙ New issues + coalitions = emerge in 1 election

♦ When a candidate running for office talks about bringing God back  into politics

∙ Often occur at national crisis

 Party Realignment

 Periods, elections, parties and policy making dramatically shift  1932 FDR

 Big city machines, the White South, intellectuals, labor unions, Catholics,  Jewish-Americans, and Westerners

 1936

 African-Americans were added to the coalition

 1964/68

 Party and Policy Realignment

 Dixiecrats and States’ Rights

 Filibustered a civil rights act

 1994

 HOR and Senate Elections

 Republican “Revolution”

 1796-1824: The First Party System

 First party: Federalist

 1828-1856: Jacksonian Democrats v. Whigs

 Modern party founded by Jackson

 Whigs formed to oppose Democrats

 1860-1928: The Two Republican Eras

 Used to identify Republicans as Liberals

 Republicans rose as the antislavery party

 1894 Depression kept Republicans in power

 1932-1964: The New Deal Coalition

 Forged by the Democrats- relied upon urban working class, ethnic groups,  Catholics and Jews, the poor, Southerners

 The Progressive Era (1896-1916)

 Wanted to undermine party machines by legislating away patronage and  voting corruption

 Advocated for:

 Direct primary

 Secret ballot

 Civil Servant Tests

 Direct election of Senators

 Recalls, initiatives, and references

 Progressives thought the party machines were undermining democracy  The Era of Divided Government

 1968-Present

 Party dealignment and neutrality: people are indiferent from the two  parties

∙ Movement towards more conservative practices

♦ Particularly with economic policy

 Since 1968, only 12 years of unified government

 Parties are still important

 Not as important as they used to be

 Party is not the chief source of info………..but

 PID is the best predictor of vote choice

 Majority of people still ID with a party

 Partisanship is increasing

∙ With both public and legislators

 State and national party organizations are getting stronger

 Parties are still integral to organization and operation of government  How parties influence opinions

 Parties act a policy heuristic for public

 Public = limited political knowledge

 Partisans take cues from party about policy positions

 Efective mental short-cut, but may contribute to underdeveloped policy  views

 The Downs Model

 Rational-Choice Theory

 Assumes individuals act in their own best interest

∙ Weighs costs and benefits of alternatives

∙ Assumes the individual has perfect info

 Downs Model

 Voters maximize chances that policies they favor are adopted by  government

∙ If you’re rational and goal is to maximize chances, a rational voter  would vote for the party with the same policies.

∙ Parties want to maximize the number of voters to vote

 Median Voter Theory

 Majority rule voting system that will select the outcome most preferred by  the median voter 

∙ Parties have an incentive to ofer moderate ideological views ♦ To attract the highest number of voters 

 Why a two-party system? 

 4 usual PS explanations: 

∙ Dualist theories: continual duality of interests in the US leads to two  parties 

♦ Party in v. party out of power 

∙ Cultural theories: compromise encourages two parties 

∙ Social consensus: general agreement on fundamental values ♦ Disagreements come second 

 Institutional Theory 

 Duverger’s law: 

 Single-member, plurality electoral systems (e.g. presidential systems)  produce two-party systems 

∙ Races where there is only 1 winner

 Multi-member districts with proportional representation leads to  multiparty systems 

∙ Incentive to finish second, third, fourth 

♦ These still ofer some representation in parliament if first is not won

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