Political Party that evolved from the original Democratic - Republican Party. It is one of the two major political parties.
Characterized by political gridlock as the result of different political parties having control of different branches of the government.
The means by which individuals can express preferences regarding the devlopment of public policy.
Commission that brought significant representation changes to the Democratic Party. It made future conventions more democratic by including more minority representation.
The governing body of a political party made up of state and national party leaders.
National Nominating Conventions
The governing authorities of the political party. They give direction to the national party chairperson, the spokesperson of the party, and the person who heads the national committee the governing body of the party. There are also forums where presidential candidates are given the official nod by their parties.
A term created by the Democratic Leadership Council in 1992; it denotes a less liberal, centrist democrat.
A shift away from the major political parties to a more neutral, independent ideological view of party identification.
A time period characterized by national dominance by one political party. There have been four major party eras - the era of good feeling, the Republican era following the Civil War, the Democratic era following the election of Franklin Roosevelt, and the Republican era following Richard Nixon.
The Manner in which a person acts when belonging to a political party.
The party organization that exists on the local level and uses patronage as the means to keep the party members in line. Boss Tweed and Tammany Hall are examples.
Voted on by the delegates attending the National Convention, they represent the ideological point of view of a political party.
The movment of voters from one political party to another resulting in a major shift in the political spectrum (characterized by the start of a party era)
The different ways an average citizen gets involved in the political process ranging from conventional means of influencing government to more radical unconventional tools that have influenced our elected officials.
A group of people joined together by common philosophies and common approaches with the aim of getting candidates elected in order to develop and implement public policy. It is characterized by an organization that is responsible to the electorate and has a role in government.
The factors that determine voting behavior such as family, religion, and ethnic background.
Traditional Democratic middle-class voters turning to Ronald Reagan during the 1980s.
A western-based political party that grew out of a coalition of discontented western interest groups in 1986.
an evengelical conglomeration of ultraconservative political activists, many of whom support the Republican party
Political Party that evolved from the Whig party, coming to power after Lincoln's election, it is one of the two current major political parties.
Democratic party leaders and elected party officials who automatically are selected as delegates to the National convention.
Third Political Parties
Political parties that can be described as ideological, signle-issued oriented, economically motivated, and personality driven. Examples include the Free Soil Party, Know-Nothings, Populists, and Bull Moose Parties. In 1996 Ross Perot created a new national third party called the Reform Party.
Two political controlling representation in the government. In the united States, the Democrats and Republicans have dominated elections because of the "winner-take-all" electoral system.