State Political Parties

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Lecture 8 Outline of Last Lecture I. Interest Groups in State Politics II. Main Types of Interest Groups a. Business, Occupational, Agriculture, Public Interest III. Strategies of Interest Groups a. Financial/Electoral Support, Lobbying, Public Relations Campaigning IV. Interest Group Power and Influence a. Factors: Diversity of State Industry, Party Strength, Professionalism, State Political Culture, Government Fragmentation V. Regulations of Interest Groups, Specifically In Texas Outline of Current Lecture: I. The Three Dimensions of Political Parties a. Party in Government, in the Electorate, as an Organization II. The Responsible Party Model III. Factors that have weakened party control over electoral politics IV. Flaws in the Responsible Party Model V. Party Competition in the States a. unimodal verse bimodal distributions VI. Functions of State Party Elections a. Structuring Elections b. Candidate Recruitment (contested versus uncontested, competitive versus noncompetitive) c. Voter Registration d. Voter Mobilization e. Campaign Resources Current Lecture STATE POLITICAL PARTIES  In defining what the term political party means, it is important to look at 3 different dimensions: o Party in the Government o Party in the Electorate o Party as an Organization     Party in the Government o all elected officials who identify with a political party o represent the party they identify with when in office     Party in the Electorate o people who vote and typically support a specific party o represent the party they identify with by voting     Party as an Organization o the buildings, offices, employees POLS 207 2nd Edition

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