How Do Democrats and Republicans Differ?
Trends in Party Politics
Changes in politics, cont.
Today, many candidates are nominated by direct
primaries – by popular vote – bypassing party leaders
– candidates no longer have to be party “regulars” or
to “pay their dues” by working their way up
Candidates once had to rely on parties for funds,
political skills, and information – now, there are
many more wealthy candidates who can do this on
Today, powerful interest groups have diluted power
of parties – as part of an interest group, individuals
have more power to influence public policies