AP GOPO Chapter 12 vocab

critical election
An election that signals a party realignment through voter polarization around new issues and personalities.
candidate-centered politics
Politics that focuses on the candidates, their particular issues, and character rather than party affiliation.
A general decline in party identification and loyalty in the electorate.
national convention
A party meeting held in the presidential election year for the purposes of nominating a presidential and vice presidential ticket and adopting a platform.
national party platform
A statement of the general and specific philosophy and policy goals of a political party, usually promulgated at the national convention.
proportional representation
A voting system that apportions legislative seats according to the percentage of the vote won by a particular political party.
political party
An organized effort by office holders, candidates, activists, and voters to pursue their common interests by gaining and exercising power through the electoral process.
party identificaiton