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Candidate centered politics

politics that focuses on candidates, their particular issues, and character rather than party affiliation
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Candidate centered politics
politics that focuses on candidates, their particular issues, and character rather than party affiliation
critical election
an election that signals party realignment through voter polarization around new issues and personalities
dealignment
a general decline in party identification and loyalty in the electorate
national convention
a party meeting held in the presidential election year for the purpose of nominating a presidential and vice presidential ticket and adopting a platform
national party platform
a statement of general and specific philosophy and policy goals of a political party usually promulgated at the national convention
party identification
citizens personal affinity for a political party usually demonstrated by a tendency to vote for candidates of that party
party realignment
dramatic shifts in partisan preferences that drastically alter the political landscape
political machine
party organization that recruits voter loyalty with tangible incentives and characterized by high degrees of control over member activity
political party
organized effort by office holders, voters, activists, and candidates to pursue common interests by gaining and exercising power through the electoral process
proportional representation
a voting system that apportions legistlative seats according to the percentage of votes won by a particular political party
secular realignment
a gradual rearrangement of party coalition based more on demographic shifts than on shocks to the political system
superdelegate
delegate to democratic party's national convention that is reserved for a party official, whose vote at the convention is un-pledged to an individual candidate
think tank
institutional collection of policy-oriented researchers and academics who are sources of political ideas
winner takes all system
electoral system in which the party that receives at least one more vote than any other party wins the election