American Politics Today
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This paper examines the American political culture and its socialization and development and discusses how the most important aspect of the North American political culture is the right to freedom. The paper discusses the right of individuals to associate freely and to organize themselves into different sorts of non-governmental groups and looks at the clash of the ethics and politics today. The paper then shows how the contemporary American political structure is breaking down.
From the Paper:"There are various groups within the democratic society that spread the political culture and create awareness of the changes that the society is undergoing. These myriad groups to be found in the democratic society of America can be classified in several ways. Those that function primarily to pressure government with regard to particular issues are referred to as interest groups, or lobbies. Private interest groups, such as business associations, professional groups, or labor unions, usually have an economic stake in the policies they advocate, although they may also take public positions on issues far outside their area of specialization. So-called public interest groups, like environmental and social welfare organizations, seek what they perceive to be a public, or collective, good. This does not make such public interest groups wiser or more virtuous than those with private interests. Rather, the degree of self-interest is often secondary in the positions they take on public issues. (Dollar, 1988)
"Political parties recruit, nominate, and campaign to elect public officials; draw up policy programs for the government if they are in the majority; offer criticisms and alternative policies if they are in opposition; mobilize support for common policies among different interest groups; educate the public about public issues; and provide structure and rules for the society's political debate."
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American Politics Today (2003, September 22) Retrieved January 28, 2022, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/american-politics-today-36065/
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