Individual Assignment: Political Parties Paper
· Find Web sites that explain positions of major political parties, such as www.rnc.org, www.democrats.org, or https://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/psusp.html#party
· Select a major national issue.
· Write a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper, explaining differences in position on the issue between the parties. Smaller parties may be included.
· Include the following elements:
o Identify forces in the party that help drive it toward its position.
o Discuss how the groups educate its members, the public, and the government about its concerns or mission.
o Consider how the groups encourage members to participate in the democratic process and support a specific party.
o Discuss factors that promote and inhibit corporate influence on your issue.
o Explain why the U.S. political structure encourages major political parties and the effect this has on your issue.
o Determine if social mobility affects political party identification. A registered independent may vote one way instead of the other.
o Summarize the role of political parties and their effectiveness as change agents versus preserving the status quo.