9.5 The Strengths and Weaknesses of Political Parties
American political parties indeed perform several
important activities that are vital to American democracy. They
act as a bridge between the government and the people. They protect
national unity by resolving conflicting interest into harmony. Public
discussion is stimulated and channeled by political parties. They
are responsible for finding candidates for voters and also voters
for candidates, thus helping to run elections. Political parties
handle much of the tedious daily work of democracy.
However the party system has been criticized for having unwieldy and outdated machinery. The inability of parties to prevent the decline in people, who cast the vote, is another shortcoming. Parties should also help to make politicians live up to the promises in the party platform on the basis of which they were elected. Thus they could play a more effective role in the modern challenging era.