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History of Financing of Federal Campaigns in the US

July 25, 2021

Financial campaigning for a candidate runnin for public office in the US was unheard of in the early days of the republic. However, as years passed, a complex system of financing federal campaigns evolved that resulted in the birth of different organizations and groups. […]

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Democracy and Will of the People

July 22, 2021

It’s not possible to meet the will of all people in a society because people have different preferences. That’s why politicians need to use different institutions to prevent chaos in society. […]

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Understanding Voter Turn Out in the US Elections

July 2, 2021

The process of participating in elections is contagious. People will be willing to vote if they see their relatives and friends are also participating. Educated and wealthy people are also more likely to vote than others. […]

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Debate and Law

The Two-party System in America

June 18, 2021

In the US, there are two parties in the political system: Democrats and Republicans. According to the Duverger’s Law, any system that is characterized by single-member districts and plurality election rules will naturally tend to have two, and only two, political parties. […]

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Debate and Law

What Are Political Parties? And, Why Do They Exist?

June 17, 2021

Political parties build policy-driven coalitions that help them achieve their electoral goals. But, it’s helpful to think of parties as being motivated more by winning elections than by winning policy outcomes. […]

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Debate and Law

The United States and the Six Party Systems

June 17, 2021

Looking at the history of America’s political parties, there are six periods or ‘party systems’ beginning with 1789. The Democratic and Republican coalitions in the sixth party system have undergone major overhauls over the years. […]

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