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The History & Role of Political Parties - Chapter Summary
This chapter reveals the evolution of political parties in the United States throughout history. Using a fun and engaging teaching style, our instructors help you explore multi-party systems, minor parties, national parties and more. Use any computer or mobile device to access these lessons. You can also take short self-assessment quizzes that can help you retain critical information. Our instructors are also available to answer any questions you may have. When you're done with the chapter, you should be able to:
- Recognize examples of ideological parties
- Describe the organization and mobilization of a political party
- Evaluate the structure of the national parties
- Differentiate between two-party and multi-party systems
- Assess the relationship between interest groups and political parties
- Explain the role of party and electoral 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. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Ideological Parties: Definition & Examples
The U.S. political system is built around (and for) two major parties, the Democrats and the Republicans - but those aren't the only parties in town. Ideological parties, often lumped in with other third parties, have their own agendas, and their own definitions of victory.
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Other chapters within the Political Science 101: Intro to Political Science course
- Basic Terms and Concepts of Political Science
- Political Ideologies and Philosophy
- Forms of Government
- Electoral Systems
- The Branches of Government
- US Federal Bureaucracy
- Interest Groups in Politics
- Mass Media and Politics
- Political Culture, Public Opinion & Civic Behavior
- Public and Social Policy
- Fiscal Policy in Government & the Economy
- Foreign Policy, Defense Policy & Government
- Concepts of International Relations
- Theories of International Relations
- International Actors in Political Science
- International Law in Politics
- Global Issues and Politics
- Studying for Political Science 101