This section includes all of the revision worksheets for Mr Grinham's groups work. (Parties and Pressure Groups)

  1. This part of the unit is concerned with the workings of the whole of the electoral process in the US and the outcomes of that process, and includes the invisible primary through to the outcome of hte Electoral College vote. The emphasis is on the quadrennial presidential elections. This topic builds on and extends the work covered on UK elections in Paper 1 and many of the concepts and vocabulary are the same but within a very different context. The topic is linked in several ways to the parties and voting behaviour.

This part of the unit builds on and extends the work covered on UK parties at AS. By the end of the unit, you should know about he US party system, the two main parties and their ideologies, their internal divisions, reasons for their enduring strength and relative weakness of third and minor parties and the debates about whether they are declining or resurgent.

To some extent there is some similarity to UK pressure groups, but because of federalism and separation of powers there are mutiple access points. American politcal culture also has greater openness and guaranteed rights. By the end of the topic you will know different types of pressure groups, how they achieve success, some key examples and whether they are good for democracy.
This part of the spec aims to examine factors influencing the way American citizens vote (or don't vote) under the fixed terms of the Constitution, and the main variables involved in explaining voting behaviour. The emphasis is on voting in presidential elections.