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Answered 2010-05-06 07:38:08

Political parties usually start to form when a country moves from a monarchy or an oligarchy to some form of government that has a larger number of people making decisions - usually in the form of an elected body.

The reason this tends to happen is because when a monarch or dictator holds all the power, there is no need for him or her to consult anyone to have something done. In a democracy, or some other form of government where many people hold the power, it is very unlikely that a majority will agree on anything; thus, political parties are formed by people who have enough in common to reach a compromise and get bills passed.

Over time, a political party may attract more and more like-minded people who all are trying to reach the same goals. While this might seem like a good thing, it is usually negative as it creates political parties with official "party lines." It creates political parties that are unwilling to compromise, and only work towards the official party goals, even if these goals are not sanctioned by the general public.

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