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Ch 9: Political Parties & Lawmaking

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Watch online business video lessons to learn about the history of political parties, the influence of interest groups, formal lawmaking processes and more.

Political Parties & Lawmaking - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Thanks to the 24-hour news cycle, you probably already have a good idea of the political maneuvering that goes on over the course of a legislative session or during an election campaign. Lessons in this chapter, however, can help you take a closer look at the impact political parties have on voting behavior and find out what happens when interest groups get involved in the political process. Instructors also discuss the give and take that goes into getting a bill passed, so you can come away with a better understanding of how politics, interest groups and lawmaking are intertwined. Lessons can help you explore the following:

  • History and function of political parties
  • Effects of political parties on elections
  • Congressional powers and structure
  • The formal lawmaking process

Video Objectives
The Political Party: Definition, Function, Organization & Mobilization Explore the definition of a political party. Study political parties' function, organization and mobilization.
The National Party: Definition & Structure Identify elements of the national party structure, including the national convention, national committee, national chair and congressional campaign committee.
The Influence of Political Parties on Democratic Politics & the Political Process: Lesson & Quiz Assess the ways in which political parties contribute to and detract from democratic politics and the political process. Consider how political parties affect Americans' voting behavior.
The History of Political Parties in the United States: Lesson & Quiz Trace the history of political parties in the United States and assess the contemporary party system.
The Relationship Political Parties & Interest Groups: Lesson & Quiz Evaluate the relationship between political parties and interest groups.
What Is Congress? - Definition, Powers & Structure Identify the function and powers granted to the Senate and House of Representatives. Describe the committee system and party leadership structure of each.
How a Bill Becomes a Law: Formal Process Follow the processes by which a bill is drafted, debated in Congress and approved by the president.
Current Laws Affecting Business Identify and describe some current laws affecting business.

7 Lessons in Chapter 9: Political Parties & Lawmaking
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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.

The Relationship Between Political Parties & Interest Groups

5. 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.

What is Congress? - Definition, Powers & Structure

6. What is Congress? - Definition, Powers & Structure

In this lesson, we will review what the United States Congress is. We will take a closer look at the makeup of Congress, what its powers are and what it represents.

How a Bill Becomes a Law: Formal Process

7. How a Bill Becomes a Law: Formal Process

In this lesson, we will review the process of how a bill becomes a law. We will take a closer look at what steps have to be taken, how a bill is changed and how it is signed into law.

Chapter Practice Exam
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