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POLS 302 Week 6 Notes

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POLS 302 Week 6 Notes POLS 302

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These notes cover Political Parties and Interests Groups as well as the Electorate
Political Parties and Elections
Kyle Saunders
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political science, American Political Parties
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Date Created: 02/23/16
THE ELECTORATE  The issues, the parties, and the interest groups and what they show to you will influence  the electorate and how they act  In partisanship, everything aggregates together based on what the party stand for, what  that individual stands for, and what is being fed to them through media, interest groups,  and the party itself  Remember, more Democrats than Republicans, yet more conservatives than liberals.  However, there are a lot of independents. o Overall, it is pretty even though o Each party wants more people, more of the electorate, on their side  “identity politics” or “team politics”  Public opinion or distribution of partisanship does not determine anything, but affects the  electorate, who we vote for, who represents us, etc.   Most of the electorate are between liberal and conservative and is defined by the parties  and issues that exist in that space.  o Each party is trying to “own” each issue within that space  Its more of figuring out what the public wants and how to fit that with your party o Goes back to the RESPONSIBLE PARTY MODEL o The public is presented these options from each party   In a sense, parties have to guess what the popular opinion is o The candidates are going to be so clearly differentiating in what they stand for and what they want to happen/change  The acceptable ideas are changing because the idea of politics are changing o What is appealing to more people? POLITICAL PARTIES and INTEREST GROUPS   The conflict between Republicans and Democrats are whether or not the parties should be ideological or aim for the middle of the electorate o The catch all element is really getting to the point of being difficult, some of these institutions are not working very well o If these groups are running the show, how are these people in the middle (highly  populated) affecting public policy? How is this creation of polarization helping  the end goal to make government better?  Interest groups vs. political parties o You don’t see candidates running from interest groups o Interest groups can be political parties or work like political parties, however it is  NOT happening in the U.S. o Interest groups are working to influence elections o Interest groups try to affect which candidates are chosen   Ex. Union groups trying to support Clinton and help to finance her  campaign o Parties want you to vote for the candidates, interest groups want you to send a  check o Interest groups are exclusive, parties are willing to take anybody that will vote for their candidate regardless of their reasons o Numbers of interest groups are growing, parties are staying the same o Parties are adding up all of the groups that are inside of their coalition o There are few interest groups that focus on both sides, however, most interest  groups fight for one side to have the most influence


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