Unit 1 - AS Edexcel Government and Politics Revision Notes on Political Parties

A very condesned set of notes for Unit 1.2 of Alevel Edexcel Politics

everything you need to know.

Have made notes on Democracy&particpation, elections and pressure groups

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Political parties:
Political party = association of people who share similar political philosophy and political ideas and
who wish to convert their beliefs into political action

Functions of parties:

Policy making
Run institutions in society
Encourage people to vote
Identify leaders
Inform the public
Represent their citizens

The political spectrum:…

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response to extend welfare benefits to create more equality and reduce

Britain's multiparty system:

Key features:
Two main parties hold an absolute majority of the seats in general elections and
There is very little/no alternatives in parliament ot those to parties
Voters feel a strong attachment to one…

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A useful overview of the principle political traditions in the UK. Students might wish to deepen their knowledge of the development of the main parties in particular by reading in more depth about post-1945 consensus, the influence of the trade union movement and the movement towards devolution, in Scotland especially. That will offer examples and case studies which may be used in analysis and evaluation, (assessment objective 2).



Very useful mind maps, just slightly confused with Thatcherite conservativism wanting to create dependency by having high welfare benefits but then wants reduction of welfare

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