The ideasideas and beliefsbeliefs about how
government should be run
The basis for organizing political parties
OrganizingOrganizing people with similar ideologies
to control government
Link voters to elected officials
Work toward ...
Republican Symbol Democratic Symbol
•To Get Elected into
Public Office
•WHY?
-Your beliefs don’t mean much ifYour beliefs don’t mean much if
you don’t have th...
Moderates ReactionaryRadical
Liberal Conservative
Democratic Party
Republican Party
•This is where most of the
American Pu...
•Most American Voters are in the middle of the
spectrum (Inward Push)
•Most $ Donors are more extreme in their ideology
•(...
Sometimes Yes ex. Bailout Deal
Often practice Partisan Politics: Only support
ideas of YOUR political party.
Makes comprom...
Sometimes Yes ex. Bailout Deal
Often practice Partisan Politics: Only support
ideas of YOUR political party.
Makes comprom...
Political parties
Political parties
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Political parties

  1. 1. The ideasideas and beliefsbeliefs about how government should be run The basis for organizing political parties
  2. 2. OrganizingOrganizing people with similar ideologies to control government Link voters to elected officials Work toward Party PlatformParty Platform: written statement of what party wants to achieve when they get in office
  3. 3. Republican Symbol Democratic Symbol
  4. 4. •To Get Elected into Public Office •WHY? -Your beliefs don’t mean much ifYour beliefs don’t mean much if you don’t have the power to makeyou don’t have the power to make changes…changes…
  5. 5. Moderates ReactionaryRadical Liberal Conservative Democratic Party Republican Party •This is where most of the American Public is •#1 goal to get elected
  6. 6. •Most American Voters are in the middle of the spectrum (Inward Push) •Most $ Donors are more extreme in their ideology •(Outward Push on Spectrum) •Result: Parties have to try to appeal to everyone
  7. 7. Sometimes Yes ex. Bailout Deal Often practice Partisan Politics: Only support ideas of YOUR political party. Makes compromise hard…
  8. 8. Sometimes Yes ex. Bailout Deal Often practice Partisan Politics: Only support ideas of YOUR political party. Makes compromise hard…

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