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  1. party realignment
  2. open primaries
  3. proportional representation
  4. responsible party model
  5. rational choice theory
  1. a a view favored by some political scientists about how parties should work. According to the model, parties should offer clear choices to the voters, who can then use those choices as cues to their own preferences of candidates. Once in office, parties would carry out their campaign promises.
  2. b elections to select party nominees in which voters can decide on Election Day whether they want to participate in the Democratic or Republican contests.
  3. c a popular theory in poli sci to explain the actions of voters as well as politicians. It assumes that individuals act in their best interest, carefully weighing the the costs and benefits of possible alternatives
  4. d the displacement of the majority party by the minority party, usually during a critical election period
  5. e an electoral system used throughout most of Europe that awards legislative seats to political parties in proportion to the number of votes won in an election.

5 Multiple Choice Questions

  1. When two or more parties join together to form a majority in a national legislature. This form of government is quite common in the multiparty systems of Europe.
  2. elections to select party nominees in which voters are presented with a list of candidates from all the parties. Voters can then select some Democrats and some Republicans if they like.
  3. one of the key inducements used by party machines. A patronage job, promotion, or contract is one that is given for political reasons rather than for merit or competence alone.
  4. person responsible for the day-to-day activities of the party and is usually hand-picked by the presidential nominee.
  5. forged by the Democrats who dominated American politics from the 1930's to the 1960's. its basic elements were the urban working class, ethnic groups, Catholics and Jews, the poor, Southerners, African Americans, and intellectuals.

5 True/False Questions

  1. coalitiona group of indiciduals with a common intrest upon whcih every political party depends


  2. winner-take-all systeman electoral system in which legislative seats are awarded only teh candidates who come in forist in their constituencies in american presidental electons the sysstem in which the winner of the popular cote in a state recieves all the electoral votes of that state


  3. party dealignmentthe displacement of the majority party by the minority party, usually during a critical election period


  4. third partieselectoral contenders other than the two major parties. American third parties are not unusual, but they rarely win elections.


  5. linkage institutionsvoting with one party for one office and with another party for other offices


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