Bell Ringers

Bell Ringer: The Development of the Current Two-Party System

The Development of the Current Two-Party System

Lee Drutman talked about his book, Breaking the Two‑Party Doom Loop and discussed the development of the current two-party system since the 1950s.

Description

Lee Drutman talked about his book, Breaking the Two‑Party Doom Loop and discussed the development of the current two-party system since the 1950s.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • Based on Mr. Drutman, how has political party alignment shifted since 2010? Why does he say that this is a problem?
  • Describe the party alignment that existed from the mid-1960s to 2010 according to Mr. Drutman.
  • How were the two political parties similar in the 1950s? How is Dwight Eisenhower an example of this?
  • Describe the current alignment of the two parties.

Additional Resources

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Blue Dog
    • Centrist
    • Coalition
    • Conservative
    • Democrats
    • Liberal
    • Moderate
    • Partisan
    • Political Party
    • Rural
    • Secular
    • Tea Party
    • Two-party System
    • Urban

    Topics

    Campaigns & ElectionsPolitical PartiesU.S. History

    Grades

    High SchoolUniversity