Voter Influence and the Party Systems

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Voter Influence and the Party Systems
Many people say that voting is the civic duty of a citizen, no matter what country they live in or the socioeconomic and political state of the country. Surely, citizens do have an obligation to make their voices heard, but what are their voices and where do they come from? The party systems that prevail in the modern world are mechanisms that people adhere to for guidance on their issues and how they vote. Still, voters are very uninformed about politics and the party systems don’t give all the information that they need, biased or not. Students of party systems are deluding themselves when they think that individuals are not easily led by opinion or party lines. This is both a good and bad thing....
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..... not live up to the standards of traditional democratic theory, it is a reality of the hectic nature of life and the group mentality of human beings. For both good and bad reasons, many people rely on party systems, others and their own demographic to represent who they are and the values that they want to see perpetuated within their countries.
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