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minor party

this type of party is successful when its issues are taken by a major party

political party

a group of people joined together on the basis of common principles, who seek to control government and public policy

pluralistic society

consisting of several distinct cultures and groups

major parties

the dominant political parties in the United States

split-ticket voting

casting ballots for candidates from different parties for different offices in the same election

splinter parties

parties that have broken off from one of the major parties


the greatest number of votes cast for a single office


the people eligible to vote in any given election


the two major parties acting together and cooperating when making decisions

two-party system

Because the United States has a ____, the only candidates who have a reasonable chance of winning an election are either Republicans or Democrats

economic protest parties

Parties that want to express their discontent with the major parties and current economy are known as ____.

one-party system

In dictatorships, the ____ could more realistically be called a "no-party" system.


Congress and the State legislatures are often organized on party lines and conduct much of their business based on ____.

single-issue parties

____ seek to cause a change on one public policy matter


A ____ is a union of many people of diverse interests who have joined together.

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