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  • A subset of individuals within a larger political organization who share a common objective and band together in efforts to achieve it. In the United States, there are informal issue-oriented factions within the Republican and Democratic political parties. According to a New York Times piece by Bill Marsh (2006, October 1), the following factions exist within both parties. Among the Republicans are the (1) leave-us-alone— opponents of government intervention, especially fiscal; (2) cultural—concerned with religious and moral values and their apparent decline; (3) security—supportive of military intervention to support democracy efforts abroad; and (4) old-guard—in favor of abortion rights, an environmental policy, and tax cuts—factions. Among the Democrats are the (1) social justice—the younger set, ideological and issue driven; (2) old-line—the older set, committed ...

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