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Why are political party's important?


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Political parties are large groups of individuals with common interests or opinions who form into a single coalition in order to elect slates of candidates who favor their viewpoint. They are important because, by banding together in a party, people have greater ability to influence the actions of government and make their voice heard during elections.

Many people who are critical of the concept of political parties cite an increase in partisanship, a term that denotes the tendency of party members to support only their own side of the political aisle rather than thinking about the greater good of the whole nation.

However, for better or for worse, political parties are a feature of virtually every free political system and are widely seen as the inevitable result of democratic governance.