Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Elections, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 161530746X
  • ISBN-13: 9781615307463
  • DDC: 324
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 168 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released August 2013
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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Divergence in opinions, beliefs, and interests is a fundamental aspect of every society. Such plurality often spurs the development of various factions and groups, each seeking to attain its objectives through political and governmental action. Whereas elected officials exercise political power directly, interest groups often operate behind the scenes, lobbying for policy changes that benefit their cause. Readers discover how the general populace influences the way it is governed via political parties, interest groups, and elections within the framework of various forms of government.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Political Parties.
2: Types of Political Parties.
3: Cadre Parties.
4: Mass-Based Parties.
5: Parties and Political Power.
6: The Struggle for Power.
7: Participation in Power.
8: Power and Representation.
9: Party Systems.
10: Multiparty Systems.
11: Two-Party Systems.
12: Single-Party Systems.
13: The Future of Political Parties.
14: Interest Groups.
15: The Nature of Interest Groups.
16: Types of Interest Groups.
17: Common Characteristics of Interest Groups.
18: Factors Shaping Interest Groups.
19: Interest Groups and Public Policy.
20: Pluralism.
21: Neo-Corporatism.
22: Lobbying Strategies and Tactics.
23: Influence of Interest Groups.
24: Interest Groups in International Politics.
25: The Regulation of Interest Groups.
26: The Future of Interest Groups.
27: Public Opinion.
28: Theoretical and Practical Conceptions.
29: The Formation and Change of Public Opinion.
30: Components of Public Opinion.
31: The Formation of Attitudes.
32: Factors Influencing Public Opinion.
33: Environmental Factors.
34: The Mass Media.
35: Interest Groups.
36: Opinion Leaders.
37: Complex Influences.
38: Public Opinion and Government.
39: Elections.
40: The History of Elections.
41: Functions of Elections.
42: Types of Elections.
43: Elections of Officeholders.
44: Recall Elections.
45: Referenda and Initiatives.
46: Plebiscites.
47: Systems of Vote Counting.
48: Legislative Elections.
49: Proportional Representation.
50: Executive Elections.
51: Constituencies: Districting and Apportionment.
52: Voting Practices.
53: Secret Voting.
54: Balloting.
55: Compulsory Voting.
56: Electoral Abuses.
57: Participation in Elections.
58: Influences on Voting Behaviour.