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Political parties are organized for various reasons such as to support a particular political figure to advance a particular policy or a general ideological stand to aid politically certain groups or sections of society or merely to combine for short-term political advantages From the beginning of the United States groups such as the Tories Whigs Federalists and the Anti-Federalists have American to become a strong democracy that it is today Domestic and foreign affairs therefore produced tensions that established the tradition of political parties in the United States Democrats and WhigsIn the 1830s the rise of a new political party in America emerged During the presidency of Monroe there was little turbulence created by opposition parties Although there were no major opposing political parties during Monroes term the formation of parties began to occur during the Jacksonian democracy Jacksons opponents who came to make up the Monroe presidencyBibliographyBailey Thomas A and David Kennedy M The American Pageant Tenth Edition Lexington DC Heath and Company 1994Democrats and Whigs wwwhistorychannelcom 07 November 2002 organizations that mobilize voters on behalf of a common set of interests concerns and goals In many nations parties play a crucial role in the democratic process They formulate political and policy agendas select candidates conduct election campaigns and monitor the work of their elected representatives Political parties link citizens and the government providing a means by which people can have a voice in their government For a history of the party system in the United States In a two-party system control of government power shifts between two dominant parties Two-party systems most frequently develop when electoral victory requires only a simple plurality vote that is the winner gets the most votes but not necessarily a majority of votes In such a system it makes sense for smaller parties to combine into larger ones or to drop out altogether Parliamentary governments in which the legislators are elected
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