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In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:
- How are America's major political parties organized?
- How has America's two-party system changed since the pre-Civil war period?
- What is the influence and role of minor parties in the U.S.?
- What relationship exists between interest groups and political parties?
- How have political parties dealigned and realigned themselves in today's America?
- How do ideological and non-ideological party structures differ from each other?
- What parts do political parties play in our nation's electoral system?
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. Dealignment in Politics: Definition, Theory & Example
What happens when one political party lets you down, but there aren't any other good choices? In this lesson, we'll look at dealignment in politics and see how it's impacting the political world today.
11. Difference Between Party Realignment & Dealignment
Which political party do you affiliate with? It's an important question in American politics, and when the answer changes it can indicate other major changes as well. In this lesson, we'll examine both how that can change, and why.
12. Grand Coalition: Definition, Causes & Examples
We're used to the idea of opposing parties fighting each other, but what actually happens when they cooperate? In this lesson, we'll examine the idea of the grand coalition and look at some major examples.
13. Horseshoe Theory: Meaning, History & Examples
How do political ideologies end up in extremes, and what do these look like? In this lesson, we'll look at one way of answering this through the horseshoe theory, and see where we see it in action throughout history.
14. Criticism of the Horseshoe Theory
The horseshoe theory is a well-known way to describe extreme political views, but it isn't supported by everyone. In this lesson, we'll look at the criticisms of horseshoe theory and see why people oppose it.
15. What is Low Politics? - Definition, Types & Examples
Some political matters get top priority, while others don't. Does this mean they don't matter as much? It's not quite that simple. In this lesson, we'll explore low politics and see why they're still relevant.
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