The policy positions stated in party platforms are
Very important because nearly three-fourths of them result in policy action when the party is in power.
The channels through which people's concerns become political issues on the government's policy agenda.
Voters can select from a list of all candidates either Democrats and or Republicans to vote for.
The theory that seeks to explain political processes and outcomes as consequences of purposive behavior is called the
According to the "three-headed political giant" model of political parties, the largest component of an American party is the
Only people who have registered in advance with the party can vote for the party's candidates.
Party realignments in the United States
Are rare events in the United States, usually associated with a major national crisis or trauma, in which one party's majority domination is replaced with anothers.
Voters decide on Election Day whether they want to participate in the Democratic or Republican contest.
The weakening of party control over American
Is in part due to the increasing influence of the media.
The election of 1896 is considered a watershed
Shifted the party coalition and entrenched the Republicans in power for another generation.
Power in the major U.S. political parties is
Fragmented among local, state, and national party organizations.
The meeting of party delegates every four years to choose a presidential ticket and write the party's platform.
An electoral where new issues emerge, new coalitions replace old ones, and the majority party is displaced by the minority party.
A coalition forged by the Democrats, who dominated American politics from the 1930s to the 1960s.
New deal Coalition
The "responsible party" model holds that parties should
Present clear alternatives to voters.
An electoral system in which legislative seats are awarded only to the candidates who come in first in their constituencies.