The Shape of Modern Political Parties

Which level of party organization is most responsible for helping the party’s nominee win the presidency?

  1. precinct
  2. county
  3. state
  4. national



How do members of the party organization differ from party identifiers? What role does each play in the party as a whole?

Why is winning votes so important to political parties? How does the need to win elections affect party structures?


Parties can’t influence and enact policy without winning. They must organize at each level at which elections take place in order to contest elections and develop candidates.