Political parties play the leading in nominating candidates
for political office.
Political parties try to stimulate interest in elections and
public policy through activities such as campaigns, conventions,
Political parties publicize their positions on major issues
thereby helping citizens form opinions on public policy matters.
Serve as a Watchdog
The party out of power watches over the actions of the party
in power, criticizes from the standpoint of the "loyal
opposition," and serves as an effective addition to the
system of checks and balances.
Propose Public Policy
Political parties propose solutions to problems that require,
or can benefit from, goverment action.
Operate the Government
Political parties play a key role in running and staffing the
Political parties hand out rewards (i.e. government jobs, contracts,
appointments etc.) to their members and supporters in exchange
for party support.