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Texas Politics - Political Parties
5.4    Structuring Public Debate on Issues

Parties collect and disseminate data and other information related to public policy issues in order to persuade voters and other influential individuals about a specific approach. Parties also provide the specific line of argumentation and word choice that best promotes their position. Though the parties always have dissenters, the parties come to be associated with particular policy positions which they can be expected to advocate in public debate.

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