Political organisation

A political organisation or political organization is any organization that involves itself in the political process, including political parties, non-governmental organizations, advocacy groups and special interest groups. Political organizations are those engaged in political activities (e.g., lobbying, community organizing, campaign advertising, etc.) aimed at achieving clearly-defined political goals, which typically benefit the interests of their members.

While parties are one type of political organization that may engage in some or all of those activities, they are distinct in that they typically focus on supporting candidates for public office, winning elections and controlling government.

Political parties

The most well known type of political organisation is the political party. Political parties are directly involved in the political processes of countries with party systems, of which there are several types.

Some of the most common types are democratic multi-party systems, single party dictatorships, and US-style two party systems.

Democratic systems

In democratic multi-party systems such as India, Pakistan etc., there is no restriction on the amount of parties allowed to be in operation at any given time. Under these types of systems, people are free to participate in the political process both through elections and by forming their own political parties as they please.

In democratic systems, Major examples of multi-party systems are:

Single party systems

Under single-party systems, a single political party exercises absolute control over the government. Unlike under other systems, single-party systems do not necessarily extend democratic privileges to the citizens. This means that citizens have very little say regarding political subjects.

Major examples of single-party systems are:

Two-party systems

Two-party systems are similar to multiparty systems in that power is not concentrated in one party and that parties have to consider the opinion of the general public in order to retain power by winning elections. However, two-party systems restrict the people's democratic rights by not authorising the citizen's to found their own political parties.

Most two-party systems are technically multiparty systems but all power is effectively concentrated amongst two parties or coalitions.

Major examples of two-party systems are:

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Bahasa Indonesia: Organisasi politik
日本語: 政治組織