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CE U3: Poli Process

Political Parties Vocabulary

political party a group of people organized together to direct and influence policies and laws of government
Republican Party and Democratic Party The two main parties in the United States
third party an alternative to the two main parties; rarely gain power in government, but offer new ideas and can play important roles in elections
two-party system The political system where two main political parties dominate the government
Democratic Party One of the two main parties in the United States. Generally more liberal and wants government influence/involvement. Symbol = donkey, color = blue.
Republican Party One of the two main parties in the United States. Generally more conservative and wants less government influence/involvement. Symbol = elephant, color = red.
liberal A view/person open to new ideas, behavior, or reform. This political view is on the left side of the political spectrum, and is in favor of government involvement.
conservative A view/person that is more traditional, cautious, and sometimes against change. This political view is on the right side of the political spectrum, and is against government influence/control.
moderate A view/person that is "in the middle" - not extremely liberal or conservative. This political view may use/share ideas from both sides of the political spectrum.
primary A preliminary (initial/first) election to appoint delegates or candidates for a main election.
platform The declared beliefs, policies, or goals of a political party/group
political spectrum A line that shows political beliefs. The line has a midpoint, with political views on the left and right (left/liberal or right/conservative). Political beliefs fall somewhere on the line.
four functions of political parties recruit and nominate candidates, educate public about campaign issues, help candidates win, monitor actions of officeholders
Created by: ElliottED
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