CHAPTER 9 : POLITICAL PARTIES
As R.G. Gettell says in his Political Science,
"a political party consists of a group of citizens, more or
less organized, who act as a political unit and who, by the use
of their voting power, aim to control the government and carry out
their general policies." Differences of opinion on political
and related matters are bound to arise in a political structure.
Those holding common or similar views, organize themselves into
units, called political parties. Though there is no constitutional
provision for the compulsory formation of political parties, they
have come to be accepted as a legitimate and valuable
part of American democratic life.
Among the important functions that political parties
perform is to organize people to form a group that will manage the
government. Besides, they are in charge of forming policies that
would be favorable to the people. And of course they need to convince
the people into electing their candidates. However, though political
parties are engaged in the functioning of the government, they cannot
be called the government itself.
The Functions Of Political Parties
The Development Of Political Parties
Third Parties In American Politics
The Structure Of Political Parties
The Strength And Weaknesses Of Political Parties