Features of Political Parties

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Political Party: an organisation that develops a set of political goals and policies, which it seeks to convert into political action by obtaining government office, or a share in government, or by influencing the government of the day. It pursues its goals by mobilising public opinion in its favour, selecting candidates for office, competing at elections and identifying suitable political leaders.

Political parties have some kind of organisation. They tend to be relatively formal, especially among well established parties. An exception to this is the Green Party, which prefers to remain a loose informal organisation by still produces election manifestos and selects candidates. New…


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