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Political parties: Key questions

What is the link between the major parties and ideology?
What is the organisational structure of the major parties?
Does the USA have a twoparty system?
What role is played by third parties?
Are the US parties in a period of decline or renewal?
What is…

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Twoparty system:
Party system in which the two major parties regularly win the vast majority of
votes in general election, regularly capture nearly all of the seats in the
legislature and alternately control the executive branch of government.
Party decline:
The theory, popularised in the last three decades of the…

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Essay:
1. Does the USA still have a twoparty system?
2. `The ideological differences between the Democratic and Republican parties are
far greater that the differences within them.' Discuss.
3. Why do third parties in the USA always fail?
4. `Moderate conservatism is a declining force in the Republican Party.'…

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Bennett, A. J., US Government & Politics: Annual Survey 2011, Chapter 8, Philip
Allan Updates, 2011.
Knight, J., `the Republicans: where do they go from here?', Politics Review, Vol.
20, No. 1, September 2010.
Maisel, L.S., American Political Parties and Elections: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford
University Press, 2007.



































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Major Parties and Ideology

Ideological differences
Clear ideological differences exist between the parties. This can be seen by the
different stands they take on certain highprofile issues.



Key issue Democrat Republican
position position

Increased spending on social Support Oppose
welfare

`Get tough' attitude to Oppose Support
criminals/crime

Death penalty Oppose…

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Position % of all Voted for Voted for
voters Obama Romney

Liberal 25 86 11

Conserv 35 17 82
ative
It used to be thought there was little ideological difference between the two
parties.
But, people are seeing them as increasingly distinct. (Do you think there are any
important differences…

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Bill Clinton (DLC) candidate broke the succession of defeats.
First Democrat since Franklin Roosevelt to serve two full terms as
president.
Did the Clinton's reshape carry on after his presidency?
No:
Al Gore (2000) distanced himself from Clinton during campaign.
John Kerry (2004) identified much more with `oldstyle' Democrats.
Obama…

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Major Parties and Ideology

Ideological differences
Clear ideological differences exist between the parties. This can be seen by the
different stands they take on certain highprofile issues.



Key issue Democrat Republican
position position

Increased spending on social Support Oppose
welfare

`Get tough' attitude to Oppose Support
criminals/crime

Death penalty Oppose…

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Position % of all Voted for Voted for
voters Obama Romney

Liberal 25 86 11

Conserv 35 17 82
ative
It used to be thought there was little ideological difference between the two
parties.
But, people are seeing them as increasingly distinct. (Do you think there are any
important differences…

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Bill Clinton (DLC) candidate broke the succession of defeats.
First Democrat since Franklin Roosevelt to serve two full terms as
president.
Did the Clinton's reshape carry on after his presidency?
No:
Al Gore (2000) distanced himself from Clinton during campaign.
John Kerry (2004) identified much more with `oldstyle' Democrats.
Obama…

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