Third-party politics in America—research paper topics

The 2016 presidential election in America has generated more controversy and attention perhaps than any other in our country’s history. This unusual campaign offers many research paper topics, as does the potential effect that third-party politics will have on the election’s outcome.

Learn more about third-party candidates for your research paper. (Credit: Independent Political Report)

Learn more about third-party candidates for your research paper. (Credit: Independent Political Report)

Jill Stein, the presidential candidate for the Green Party, is not well known in the country, but hopes to connect with voters dissatisfied with the two major party candidates.

What is the Green Party?

Among third-party politics in America, the Green Party hints at part of its platform in its name, and the group has self-described itself as the eco-socialist party. They are particularly interested in promoting environmentalism, as well as social justice, nonviolence, gender equality and LGBT rights. The Green Party website proclaims that their number one value is grassroots democracy.

A post by Jacob Weindling on August 17, 2016, for, “Why the Green Party is For Dupes (It Has Nothing To Do With Trump),” offered a critique of the Green Party political apparatus. He wrote, “The Green Party is not a cohesive political coalition; there are two Green Parties. GPUSA requires that its members pay dues, while GPUS is more like the Democratic or Republican Party, and anyone can declare allegiance.” The Green Party cites how many of the best ideas in U.S. history have come from third-party politics; research paper topics could explore the reality of this statement and prove or disprove its veracity.

Jill Stein vs. Hillary Clinton

One of the major stories surrounding this year’s election in America is that we have the first female candidate from a major party. However, the nominee from the Green Party is Jill Stein, who would like to challenge Hillary Clinton’s right to claim that distinction.

Nader’s Heir: Green Party Candidate Targets Hillary Clinton” by Joel Gehrke, for The Examiner (Washington, D.C.), on May 29, 2016, shared how Jill Stein has gained so much attention during this election cycle. “Her effort is the corollary to the bid of former Gov. Gary Johnson, R-N.M., to unite the Libertarian Party behind two former Republican governors, as polls show widespread dissatisfaction with the two-party system,” he wrote.

Jill Stein ran in 2012 on the Green Party ticket for president, in addition to running in Massachusetts for governor in 2002, state representative in 2004 and secretary of state in 2006. The only elected office the physician and activist has held is a town meeting seat in Lexington, Massachusetts. Research paper topics could examine the most famous candidates in third-party politics throughout U.S. history, or the role third-party politics plays in other nations.

Issues surrounding third-party politics in America

Beyond the perceived controversy that the Green Party candidate, Jill Stein, may siphon votes from Hillary Clinton, there are other issues that surround this candidate. Regina Garcia Cano posted “Green Party’s Jill Stein Charged in North Dakota With Trespassing, Mischief” on September 7, 2016, on with details on how Stein’s activism outside the campaign has raised issues for her.

Jill Stein allegedly spray painted a bulldozer during a protest against the Dakota Access pipeline on the North Dakota Indian reservation. A judge in North Dakota charged her with criminal trespass and criminal mischief. The campaign spokesperson for Jill Stein said Stein was invited to leave a message at the protest site by the Sioux Tribe activists, and Garcia Cano reported, “Stein sprayed “I approve this message” in red paint on the blade of a bulldozer.” Research paper topics could study the role activism, such as the kind Jill Stein and the Green Party have engaged in, has played in previous presidential campaigns.

Want to learn more about political parties in America? Check out Questia—particularly the section on third parties in the United States.

Do you think that there is a place for third-party politics in the electoral system in America? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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