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Ch 10: Political Parties in the United States Government

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Watch online political science video lessons to learn about two- and multi-party systems, interest groups, contemporary party structure and more. These lessons are just a portion of our online study guide and video collection.

Political Parties in the United States Government - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Begin your study of political parties in the U.S. by exploring their historical development and pinpointing some of the differences between these organizations and interest groups. Our knowledgeable instructors can also help you examine contemporary shifts in party loyalty and power, so that by the time you reach the end of this chapter, you'll have a better understanding of the extent to which major and minor parties affect the political process. Video lessons included here are designed to teach you to:

  • Outline political party structure
  • Compare two- and multi-party systems
  • Identify the role of third parties in the U.S.
  • Describe how political parties influence elections

Video Objectives
Political Party: Definition, Function, Organization & Mobilization Outline American political parties' function and organization.
The National Parties: Organization & Structure Identify the function of major political parties' national conventions and their various committees.
History of Political Parties in the United States (Pre-Civil War) Describe the development of American political parties from the nation's beginnings up to the Civil War.
History of Political Parties in the United States (Post-Civil War) Learn how America's two-party system evolved after the end of the Civil War.
Two-Party & Multi-Party Systems: Similarities & Differences Describe the advantages of a two-party system and compare them with the advantages of a multi-party system.
Minor (Third) Parties: Definition, Role & Examples Examine how minor parties affect politics in the U.S.
The Relationship Between Political Parties & Interest Groups Differentiate between political parties and interest groups. Learn how one influences the other.
The Current State of Contemporary United States Political Parties Explore the ways in which realignment and dealignment have impacted America's political parties.
Electoral and Party Systems: Definition & Role Investigate the role of political parties in the American electoral system.

9 Lessons in Chapter 10: Political Parties in the United States Government
Political Party: Definition, Function, Organization & Mobilization

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.

The National Parties: Organization & Structure

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.

History of Political Parties in the United States (Pre-Civil War)

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.

History of Political Parties in the United States (Post-Civil War)

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.

Two-Party & Multi-Party Systems: Similarities & Differences

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.

Minor (Third) Parties: Definition, Role & Examples

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.

The Relationship Between Political Parties & Interest Groups

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.

The Current State of Contemporary United States Political Parties

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.

Electoral and Party Systems: Definition & Role

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.

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