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5 Matching questions

  1. coalition government
  2. ticket splitting
  3. party neutrality
  4. rational choice theory
  5. party realignment
  1. a 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. b 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
  3. c voting with one party for one office and with another party for other offices
  4. d a term used to describe the fact that many americans are indifferent toward the two major political parties
  5. e the displacement of the majority party by the minority party, usually during a critical election period

5 Multiple choice questions

  1. one of the institutions that keeps the party operating between conventions
  2. 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.
  3. electoral contenders other than the two major parties. American third parties are not unusual, but they rarely win elections.
  4. a "team of men [and women] seeking to control the governing apparatus by gaining office in a duly constituted election."
  5. A type of political party organization that relies heavily on material inducements, such as patronage, to win votes and to govern.

5 True/False questions

  1. blanket primarieselections 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.


  2. new deal coalitiona group of indiciduals with a common intrest upon whcih every political party depends


  3. party erasThe voter's perception of what the Republicans or Democrats stand for, such as conservatism or liberalism


  4. winner-take-all systemhistorical periods in which a majority of voters cling to the party in power, which tends to win a majority of the elections.


  5. national conventionsone of the institutions that keeps the party operating between conventions