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Influences On Government Our governmental system is influenced by a number of inputs and factors that shape the outcome of political movements and decisions These inputs include public pinions political parties interest groups and the influence of mass media They influence our government directly as well as indirectly Not to mention that our government also uses these inputs for its own benefit The main issue that forms governmental decisions in a democracy is of course the public opinion In order to be eligible to run for an office in our governmental system one must be elected by the people or a representative thereof and to achieve this task one must listen to and obey the publics opinion Therefore the theory of democracy is most purely applied through election on behalf of the public opinion Another important factor in our system of government are of course our political parties Parties enable the citizen living in a democratic society to establish a connection to governmental action and lead policy-making to his benefit or liking Furthermore a citizen can participate in society quite easily since 2 party platforms which clearly indicate a parties goals and preferences However this democratic ideal does not always prevail Parties can be influenced or even manipulated by people who contribute great amounts of funds to the party to have their own personal political wishes fulfilled which do not necessarily have to benefit society as a whole power elite theory Interest groups account for an additional mover in Washington This political devise provides a supplement to our citizens broad area of interests Since the American People can only choose between two main parties Therefore certain issues might not come to political debate Interest groups fill this gap and thus withhold the theory of democracy Yet Big Business has also found this devise to help fulfill its political needs Once again politics
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