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Political party

A group of people who seek to control the government by winning elections and holding office

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Election oriented

Winning is the only thing that's important

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Plurality

The most

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Majority

Over 50%

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Partisanship

Allegiance to a party

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Pluralistic

We have different cultures but the same political beliefs

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Bipartisan

Both parties support

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Coalition

Alliance of two or more parties to rule

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Consensus

General agreement among groups

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What are the five functions of political parties?

1) nominating function: chooses the candidates
2) informer/stimulator function: inform people of issues
3) bonding agent function: guarantee their candidate is worthy of office
4) governing function: ensures the cooperation between legislative and executive branch
5) watchdog function: the party out of power keeps an eye on the party in power

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What are the three types of political systems in the world?

1) two party system
2) multiparty system
3) one party system

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What are the four reasons the USA uses a two party system?

1) historically
2) Force of tradition
3) electoral system
4). American ideological consensus

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What is the major advantage and disadvantage of a multiparty system?

Advantage: more choices
Disadvantage: less stability

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List the factors that cause people to identify with a particular party

1) family
2) major events
3) gender
4) education
5) age
6) type of work
7) economic status

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What are the characteristics of Democrats?

1) favorite big government
2) Government control social programs
3) higher taxes
4) anti-gun rights
5) increase minimum-wage
6) alternate families pro gay
7) pro-choice
8) small military
9) open Borders

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Who aligns with the Democrats?

1) blacks
2) hispanics
3) Catholics
4) blue collar
5) over 60
6) less educated
7) urban
8) college student
9) women
10) gays

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What are the characteristics of Republicans?

1) small federal government
2) free market capitalism
3) lower taxes
4) Pro rights
5) Low minimum wage
6) traditional family
7) pro life
8) large military
9) closed boarders

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Who tends to align with the Republicans?

1) whites
2) protestants
3) private business
4) white collar
5) young adults
6) higher educated
7) country folk

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What are the fours periods of the American party?

1806-1860 democrat- civically war
1860-1932 republican - Great Depression
1932-1968 democrat - Vietnam
1968-2008 republican - Iraq war

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What are the four types of minor parties?

1) idealogical – based on a set of political beliefs
2) Single issue – based on one issue
3) economic protest – based on economic discontent
4) splinter – when some famous person starts their own party

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Why are minor parties important?

1) Bring new ideas
2) important issues to the people
3) serve as a critic to major parties
4) Play a spoiler role in some elections

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What are the three components of a political party?

1) party organizations
2) party electorate
3) Party government