Political parties – Americans don’t love them but, historically, political systems don’t work without them. This course will examine the role that political parties play in political systems in general and specifically in the United States. It will also look at the evolution of the American political party system during the 230 years of governance under the Constitution. Why do political parties exist? How do political parties change over time? Why does the United States have a two-party system? Is it better to have weak or strong parties? What can we do to make political parties the servants rather than the masters of democracy?