American Political Parties

Primary Number: POLS 30010

ConStudies Number: CNST 30013

ConStudies CRN: 21600

Primary CRN: 21571

Instructor: Wolbrecht, Christina

Day/Time: MW 11:00am-12:15pm

Attributes: MPPE -Minor in Phil, Pol &Econ

Location: Riley Hall 200

Political parties play many vital roles in American politics: They educate potential voters about political processes, policy issues, and civic duties. They mobilize citizens into political activity and involvement. They provide vital information about public debates. They control the choices--candidates and platforms that voters face at the ballot box. They influence and organize the activities of government officials. Most importantly, by providing a link between government and the governed, they are a central mechanism of representation. These roles--how well they are performed, what bias exists, how they shape outcomes, how they have changed over time--have consequences for the working of the American political system.