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Political Parties
Difference between republicans and democrats
US parties are very decentralised and regional, therefore each party can vary enormously from state to state
Candidate­centred politics means that each candidate for election is fairly free to create their own political programme based on their own personal
views, who is financing…

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Traditionally opposed to American involvement in foreign affairs outside the immediate vicinity of North America. However, 9/11 changed that and
there is now a strong emphasis on the War on Terror (and intervention in Afghanistan and Iraq). Interests of US must always come before coalition-building
with allies.
A conservative view…

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White working class men and white southerners have been defecting to the Republican Party in growing numbers since the `white backlash' of the
1970s, which followed the Civil Rights movement. However, Union members voted Democrat 58% in 2012.
Women. Voted Democrat 55% (44% Republican) in 2012. Typically women are attracted…

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· 50-party system a two-party system would suggest two distinctive parties, disciplined, centralised national parties ­ however, this isn't the case. A
50-party system is consequence of federalism and where much of the party organisation and elections are state based, run under state laws by state officials

Reasons for the…

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· Temporary or transient. These spring up because of the differences of the 2 main parties and are often reabsorbed (e.g. 1968 American Independence Party).
These are often built around one charismatic individual (e.g. Ross Perot) and are often protest votes against the two big parties.

The best known third…

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i) Parties have greater ideological cohesion, e.g., conservative white Democrats (especially in South) have now defected to the Republicans since Civil Rights
movement. Also there was a high level of unity and unprecedented levels of fundraising in the Democratic Party in 2008. You can argue that parties have
rediscovered their…

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`Six for 06' agenda for the 2006 mid-terms.
The history so far of the Obama presidency ­ stimulus package, health care reform, increased regulation of the finance industry, support for gay rights and
women's rights.
The core of the party remains on the left, represented through the current congressional leadership,…

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