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Influencing Government
A Brief History of Political Parties

    Politics: the process through which groups

    make decisions.

    Political ...
A Brief History of Political Parties

    They want to bring about the adoption of certain

    public policies and progr...
TODAY
Two-party system
    Republicans and Democrats!





    As a result, it is extremely hard for third

    party ca...
Our Old Friend,
          The Political Spectrum



                             Conservative
Liberal



                 ...
So, What’s The Difference?
       Republican                     Democrat

    Believes in small
                        ...
Where do you think you stand?




  Liberal   Moderate   Conservative
Political Parties
Review of Key Concepts…
    Politics-

    Struggle between groups (parties) to control or
    influence the policies of ...
Effect of Third Parties
        They have little real impact on national politics
    


        “Spoiler Effect” - what ...
Political Party Platforms

What do you think “platform” means?
 Formal statement of basic principles, stands on
  major p...
Some political party symbols…
It’s Your Turn!...

The functions of political
 parties…
The Presidential
    Election
A snapshot of the events…
Republican/
  Primary      Primary
                            Democrat
 Campaign      Elections
                         ...
EXAMINING THE
 ELECTION PROCESS…

What do you remember from the
 2008 Presidential Election?
Understanding the Electoral College

             •Indirect method of electing a President
Definition


             •Why ...
How many electoral college votes
        does each state get?
                                          #
                ...
Electoral Map
2000 Election
http://www.270towin.com/
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE
What would happen if Presidential Candidate A wins 45% of the
popular vote in PA, Candidate B wins 35%...
Political Parties & Election Process
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Political Parties & Election Process

  1. 1. Influencing Government
  2. 2. A Brief History of Political Parties Politics: the process through which groups  make decisions. Political Party: a group of persons who  seek to control government through the winning of elections and the holding of public office. – Groups form based on common beliefs and principles of government … WHY?
  3. 3. A Brief History of Political Parties They want to bring about the adoption of certain  public policies and programs. Parties have existed in America almost  since the founding of the country. Examples  Federalists, Anti-Federalists, Whigs, Anti- Masonic, Know-Nothings, Populists, Dixiecrats
  4. 4. TODAY Two-party system Republicans and Democrats!  As a result, it is extremely hard for third  party candidates to be taken seriously.
  5. 5. Our Old Friend, The Political Spectrum Conservative Liberal Republican Democrat
  6. 6. So, What’s The Difference? Republican Democrat Believes in small  Believes in using  government government to fix the problems of society “Hands off” when it  comes to business Beliefs naturally lead  to large bureaucratic Little government  government interference in society and the economy
  7. 7. Where do you think you stand? Liberal Moderate Conservative
  8. 8. Political Parties
  9. 9. Review of Key Concepts… Politics-  Struggle between groups (parties) to control or influence the policies of government. Two-Party System in the U.S. 
  10. 10. Effect of Third Parties They have little real impact on national politics  “Spoiler Effect” - what does this mean?  – Even if a minor party does not win any electoral votes, it can “pull” votes from one of the major parties Ex: Green Party – 2000 Election  Your Thoughts Why do they run if most agree they have no chance of winning?
  11. 11. Political Party Platforms What do you think “platform” means?  Formal statement of basic principles, stands on major policy matters, and objectives for the campaign and beyond.
  12. 12. Some political party symbols…
  13. 13. It’s Your Turn!... The functions of political parties…
  14. 14. The Presidential Election A snapshot of the events…
  15. 15. Republican/ Primary Primary Democrat Campaign Elections Conventions General Electoral General Election College Election Campaign Inauguration of the President
  16. 16. EXAMINING THE ELECTION PROCESS… What do you remember from the 2008 Presidential Election?
  17. 17. Understanding the Electoral College •Indirect method of electing a President Definition •Why would the founding fathers choose this method? Question •Voters’ lack education and information Answer
  18. 18. How many electoral college votes does each state get? # # # House Electoral Senators Reps Votes 19 2 21 538 total electoral college votes, 270 to WIN!
  19. 19. Electoral Map 2000 Election
  20. 20. http://www.270towin.com/
  21. 21. TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE What would happen if Presidential Candidate A wins 45% of the popular vote in PA, Candidate B wins 35% of the popular vote, and Candidate C wins 20% of the popular vote? “Winner-take-all” process Candidate A (majority of the popular vote) would receive ALL of the electoral votes for Pennsylvania.

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