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The Necessity of Political Parties and the Importance of Compromise

Volume 54:4 (2016)
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The Necessity of Political Parties and the Importance of Compromise

David B. Magleby

Political parties are essential to modern democracy, contrary to some popular opinion. Parties organize democracy and prevent voters from having to choose from among scores of candidates. Parties in a broad sense stand for a particular view of the role of government. Party identification is the best predictor of how people vote. Compromise between the parties has been and will remain vital to sustaining our two-hundred-year-long experiment with self- government. These points are particularly timely in today's combative political climate. (This speech, the Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Faculty Lecture, was given at BYU on May 19, 2015, by Dr. David B. Magleby.)