A political party is an organization that advocates a particular ideology and seeks to gain power within government. The tendency of members of political parties to support their party’s policies and interests relative to those of other parties is referred to as partisanship. Often, a political party is comprised of members whose positions, interests, and perspectives on policies vary, despite having shared interests in the general ideology of the party. As such, many political parties will have divisions within them that have differing opinions on policy. Political parties are often placed on a political spectrum, with one end of the spectrum representing conservative, traditional values and policies and the other end of the spectrum representing radical, progressive values and policies.
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