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POSC Chapter 6 notes

by: Kailey Mathews

POSC Chapter 6 notes POSC 2306

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Date Created: 10/13/16
Chapter 5 Political Parties  A broad-based coalition of people whose primary purpose is to win elections o Gaining control of government through elections  Link between the people and the government o Ordinary citizens and voters to participate in the political system o Organize support for particular candidates o Unify various groups and interests  Two Party system o Democrats and Republicans o Single member districts – election districts in which on candidate is elected to a legislative body  Pragmatism o Ideas should be judged on the basis of their practical results rather than on the purity of their principles o Interested in what works and what gets me elected o Valence issues- those issues on which most of the public agree, such as peace and prosperity  Decentralization – exercise of power at the state and local levels of government in addition to the national level o Precinct level o Local government level o State level o National level  One-Party Tradition in Texas o Democratic Party dominated Texas politics until the 1990’s o Response to Reconstruction o They were conservative Democrats  Texas has experienced a party realignment- transition from one dominant party system to another o Partisan identification- a person’s attachment to one political party or another  Republican Party experiencing some of the factional differences that characterized the Democratic Party for years before o Lean far right o Tea party  Texas competitive two party state?  Tipping- when a demographic group grows large enough to change the political balance of the electorate Organization of the Political Party  Temporary Structure o Precinct convention o County and Senatorial District Conventions o State Conventions o National Conventions  Permanent Party Organization o Local level is the precinct chair o County Chair o State Chair


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