Ch 12

  1. candidate centered politics
    Politics that focuses on the candidates, their particular issues, and character rather than party affiliation.
  2. critical election
    An election that signals a party realignment through voter polarization around new issues and personalities.
  3. national convention
    A party meeting held in the presidential year for the purposes of nominating a presidential and vice presidential ticket and adopting a platform.
  4. superdelegate
    Delegate to the democratic party's national convention that is reserved for a party official and whose vota at the convention is unpledged to a candidate.
  5. national party platform
    a statement of the general and specific philosophy and policy goals of a political party, usually promulgated at the national convention.
  6. party identification
    A citizen's personal affinity for a political party, usually expressed by a tendency to vote for the candidates of that party.
  7. proportional representation
    a voting system that apportions legislative seats according to the percentage of the vote won by a particular political party.
  8. winner-take-all system
    An electoral system in which the party that receives at least one more vote than any other party wins the election.
Card Set
Ch 12
Vocabulary for chapter 12