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Parties and What They Do American Government
<ul><li>Political Party-seek to control government through the winning of elections and the holding of public office
Link between people and the government
Bring together interest groups </li></ul><ul><li>Soften impact of extremism (sometimes)
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  1. 1. Parties and What They Do American Government
  2. 2. <ul><li>Political Party-seek to control government through the winning of elections and the holding of public office
  3. 3. Link between people and the government
  4. 4. Bring together interest groups </li></ul><ul><li>Soften impact of extremism (sometimes)
  5. 5. There have been MANY political parties throughout U.S. History </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Know-nothings, Barn burner Whigs, Bull Moose Party, Green Party, American Independent Party </li></ul></ul>What is a Party?
  6. 6. <ul><li>Nominate Candidates
  7. 7. Informing and Activating Supporters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Also done by the media and special interest groups
  8. 8. Goal is to win elections and promote their viewpoints in the best light (also to criticize competition!) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhm-22Q0PuM
  9. 9. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EP2GsRzROF8
  10. 10. http://www.livingroomcandidate.org/commercials/2008
  11. 11. http://www.livingroomcandidate.org/commercials/2000 </li></ul>What They Do
  12. 12. <ul><li>The party ensures the good performance of office holders
  13. 13. Those chosen for office are usually chosen by the party
  14. 14. Partisanship-the strong support of their party and its policy stands </li></ul><ul><li>Parties provide a basis for the conduct of government-executive and legislative branch
  15. 15. Parties watch public business-they want to criticize the other party! </li></ul>Continued

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