Influencing Government
A Brief History of Political Parties
Politics: the process through which groups

make decisions.
Political ...
A Brief History of Political Parties
They want to bring about the adoption of certain

public policies and progr...
TODAY
Two-party system
Republicans and Democrats!

As a result, it is extremely hard for third

party ca...
Our Old Friend,
The Political Spectrum
Conservative
Liberal
...
So, What’s The Difference?
Republican Democrat
Believes in small
 ...
Where do you think you stand?
Liberal Moderate Conservative
Political Parties
Review of Key Concepts…
Politics-

Struggle between groups (parties) to control or
influence the policies of ...
Effect of Third Parties
They have little real impact on national politics

“Spoiler Effect” - what ...
Political Party Platforms
What do you think “platform” means?
 Formal statement of basic principles, stands on
major p...
Some political party symbols…
It’s Your Turn!...
The functions of political
parties…
The Presidential
Election
A snapshot of the events…
Republican/
Primary Primary
Democrat
Campaign Elections
...
EXAMINING THE
ELECTION PROCESS…
What do you remember from the
2008 Presidential Election?
Understanding the Electoral College
•Indirect method of electing a President
Definition
•Why ...
How many electoral college votes
does each state get?
#
...
Electoral Map
2000 Election
http://www.270towin.com/
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE
What would happen if Presidential Candidate A wins 45% of the
popular vote in PA, Candidate B wins 35%...
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Political Parties & Election Process

Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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  • 1. Influencing Government
  • 2. A Brief History of Political Parties Politics: the process through which groups  make decisions. Political Party: a group of persons who  seek to control government through the winning of elections and the holding of public office. – Groups form based on common beliefs and principles of government … WHY?
  • 3. A Brief History of Political Parties They want to bring about the adoption of certain  public policies and programs. Parties have existed in America almost  since the founding of the country. Examples  Federalists, Anti-Federalists, Whigs, Anti- Masonic, Know-Nothings, Populists, Dixiecrats
  • 4. TODAY Two-party system Republicans and Democrats!  As a result, it is extremely hard for third  party candidates to be taken seriously.
  • 5. Our Old Friend, The Political Spectrum Conservative Liberal Republican Democrat
  • 6. So, What’s The Difference? Republican Democrat Believes in small  Believes in using  government government to fix the problems of society “Hands off” when it  comes to business Beliefs naturally lead  to large bureaucratic Little government  government interference in society and the economy
  • 7. Where do you think you stand? Liberal Moderate Conservative
  • 8. Political Parties
  • 9. Review of Key Concepts… Politics-  Struggle between groups (parties) to control or influence the policies of government. Two-Party System in the U.S. 
  • 10. Effect of Third Parties They have little real impact on national politics  “Spoiler Effect” - what does this mean?  – Even if a minor party does not win any electoral votes, it can “pull” votes from one of the major parties Ex: Green Party – 2000 Election  Your Thoughts Why do they run if most agree they have no chance of winning?
  • 11. Political Party Platforms What do you think “platform” means?  Formal statement of basic principles, stands on major policy matters, and objectives for the campaign and beyond.
  • 12. Some political party symbols…
  • 13. It’s Your Turn!... The functions of political parties…
  • 14. The Presidential Election A snapshot of the events…
  • 15. Republican/ Primary Primary Democrat Campaign Elections Conventions General Electoral General Election College Election Campaign Inauguration of the President
  • 16. EXAMINING THE ELECTION PROCESS… What do you remember from the 2008 Presidential Election?
  • 17. Understanding the Electoral College •Indirect method of electing a President Definition •Why would the founding fathers choose this method? Question •Voters’ lack education and information Answer
  • 18. How many electoral college votes does each state get? # # # House Electoral Senators Reps Votes 19 2 21 538 total electoral college votes, 270 to WIN!
  • 19. Electoral Map 2000 Election
  • 20. http://www.270towin.com/
  • 21. TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE What would happen if Presidential Candidate A wins 45% of the popular vote in PA, Candidate B wins 35% of the popular vote, and Candidate C wins 20% of the popular vote? “Winner-take-all” process Candidate A (majority of the popular vote) would receive ALL of the electoral votes for Pennsylvania.

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