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a strong party organization that can control political appointments and deliver votes
alliances with another party of parties so that together they command a majority of votes
a political label describing those who favor keeping things as they are and are cautious about making changes; believe less government involvement is best
formed in 1828 under Andrew Jackson after previously being called Democratic-Republicans, believed in a decentralized government and states' rights
a political label describing those who want peaceful and gradual change of the nation's political system; they promote government involvement in social welfare
a political label describing those who share views with both liberals and conservatives and do not hold extreme views; they want a slow approach to political change (also known as centrists)
a single political party forms the government and no other parties are permitted to run candidates for election (Ex: China is a communist nation in which only communists are allowed in government positions)
means to have the most votes among all those running for a political office, not necessarily the majority
an association of voters with broad common interests who want to influence or control decision making in government by electing the party's candidates to public office
a political label describing those who want widespread, rapid change and are willing to use extreme methods to achieve this; far left on political label spectrum
a political label describing those who are suspicious of change in general repressive government power; far right on political label spectrum
a system of government in which two parties compete for power (Ex: USA has Democratic and Republican parties)
a propaganda technique that means convincing people that everyone else agrees with that interest group's viewpoint or that everyone is going to vote for a certain candidate
a propaganda technique based on the decision that if people admire the person promoting a candidate or product, they will support the candidate or product, too
a propaganda technique that uses a statement that sounds good but is essentially meaningless
a propaganda technique in which there is an attemp to turn people against an opponent or an idea by using an unpleasant label or description for that person or idea
a propaganda technique that presents only one side of the issue, often distorting the facts
just plain folks
a propaganda technique that aims to make people think that the candidate is just like them, with the same desires and concerns
the second part of the two-part election process; takes place after primary elections and is held the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Voters choose candidates for various offices
the meeting of party delegates every four years to choose a presidential ticket and write the party's platform
Political Action Committee (PAC)
political organization established by a corporation, labor union, or other special-interest group designed to support candidates by contributing money
elections in which voters choose candidates to represent each party in a general election
a special election in which citizens can vote to remove a public official from office
surveying; gathering or looking for support, persuasion of voters in a political campaign often by going through neighborhoods asking for votes or taking public opinion
a mechanism of mass communication, including television, radio, newspapers, magazines, recordings, movies, and books
a series of statements expressing the party's principles, beliefs, and positions on election issues
a process by which candidates who are not affiliated with one of the two major parties can get on the ballot for the general election in most states
a representative of an interest group who contacts lawmakers or other government officials directly to influence their policy making
People who dedicate their time, effort, and money to supporting a political party or particular candidates
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