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This chapter helps students review the concepts in a political parties in the United States government unit of a standard American government course. Topics covered include:
- Organization, function and mobilization of political parties
- Organization and structure of national parties
- Pre- and post-Civil War history of political parties in the U.S.
- Two-party vs. multi-party systems
- Role of third parties
- Differences between political parties and interest groups
- Current state of contemporary political parties
- Electoral and party systems
1. Political Party: Definition, Function, Organization & Mobilization
The following lesson will introduce you to the concept of political parties in the United States government. A short quiz will follow to check your understanding.
2. The National Parties: Organization & Structure
The following lesson will cover the structure and organization of the Democratic and Republican parties at the national level. A short quiz will follow to check your understanding.
3. History of Political Parties in the United States (Pre-Civil War)
The following lesson will discuss the history and evolution of the two-party system in the United States. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.
4. History of Political Parties in the United States (Post-Civil War)
The following lesson will continue to cover the history of political parties, this time, the history that occurred after the Civil War. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.
5. Two-Party & Multi-Party Systems: Similarities & Differences
The following lesson will cover the similarities and differences between the two-party and multi-party systems of government. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.
6. Minor (Third) Parties: Definition, Role & Examples
The following lesson will introduce the concept of third parties, as well as explain their role in the national political party system. A short quiz will follow to check your understanding.
7. The Relationship Between Political Parties & Interest Groups
The following lesson will cover the similarities and differences between political parties and interest groups. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.
8. The Current State of Contemporary United States Political Parties
The following lesson will cover the current state of the two major political parties in the United States and the mechanisms that cause political change. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.
9. Electoral and Party Systems: Definition & Role
The following lesson will define and explain the role of the United States' electoral system and how it affects the shape of our party system. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.
10. Democratic-Republican Party: Definition & History
In this lesson, we'll be looking at the Democratic-Republican Party, which grew out of the Anti-Federalists and was rooted in a belief in a more decentralized Federal government. After reading, you can test your knowledge with a quiz.
11. Direct Primary: Definition & History
A direct primary empowers ordinary party members to pick candidates for office, rather than leaving that decision to party insiders. Learn the history of the direct primary, and test your understanding with a quiz.
12. Divided Government: Definition, Effects, Pros & Cons
Divided government occurs when different political parties control different branches of government. We'll look at the causes and effects of this type of government, as well as the pros and cons of a divided government.
13. Linkage Institutions: Definition & Examples
Linkage institutions are a mostly informal, yet vital, part of the American political process, connecting average citizens to their representatives. In this lesson, you'll learn about some examples of these institutions and their role in the United States' democracy.
14. Majority Rule: Definition & Examples
This lesson will help you understand the system of majority rule. We will briefly discuss what it means, how it is used in the United States and some of its advantages and disadvantages.
15. The Populist Party: Definition, Platform, Goals & Beliefs
Learn about one of the largest third-party movements in U.S. history: the 19th-century, rural-based Populist Party - its platform, aims, and beliefs. Test your understanding with a quiz.
16. What are Electoral Votes? - Definition & Overview
In this lesson, we will learn about the meaning of electoral votes. We'll take a closer look at the term's definition and how it is applied here in the United States of America.
17. What is a Political Platform? - Definition & Examples
How do you know what a political party really stands for? A quick look through a party's platform, its statement on specific policies and general beliefs, can give you an overview of the differences between political parties.
18. Tea Party Movement: Facts & Platform
This lesson will teach you about the Tea Party movement, a political movement that began in 2009. You will learn about important figures in the movement, as well as the beliefs that make up their platform.
19. What is the Tea Party Movement? - Definition & History
We are all familiar with the Democratic and Republican political parties, but what about those 'third parties' you hear about? In this lesson, we will look at the history of the Tea Party Movement and how it has grown since its inception.
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