Elections key terms

HideShow resource information
  • Created by: Beatriz
  • Created on: 23-01-15 09:09
Election
A process where people are given the opportunity to form representative institutions and government.
1 of 16
Majoritarian representation
A political system which tends to throw up a government that enjoys a majority within representative institutions and therefore is able to dominate party politics.
2 of 16
Proportional representation
An electoral system in which parties gain seats in proportion to the number of votes cast for them.
3 of 16
Electoral reform
Change in electoral systems to improve how public desires are expressed in election results.
4 of 16
Party system
The system of interactions resulting from inter-party competition.
5 of 16
Strong government
A characteristic of political systems where the executive branch of government is dominant. Government is able to dominate legislature and so is able to implement most of its policies without excessive obstruction.
6 of 16
Stable government
A characteristic of a political system where governments tend to survive their full term and are unlikely to be removed from power between elections.
7 of 16
Mandate
The authority that the government has to implement measures/policies from manifestos.
8 of 16
Manifesto
Proposed policies to implement if you gain power in an election.
9 of 16
Majority
Winning over 50%.
10 of 16
Plurality
Having one more vote from the next most successful candidate.
11 of 16
Winners bonus
When the winning party gets a disproportionality high number of seats when compared to the vote.
12 of 16
Disproportionality
Where the numbers of seats you get does not match the number of votes you have.
13 of 16
Electorate
The people who are eligible to vote.
14 of 16
Legitimacy
How valid/respected your authority is.
15 of 16
Parliament
A representative body having supreme legislative powers within a state or multinational organisation.
16 of 16

Other cards in this set

Card 2

Front

Majoritarian representation

Back

A political system which tends to throw up a government that enjoys a majority within representative institutions and therefore is able to dominate party politics.

Card 3

Front

Proportional representation

Back

Preview of the front of card 3

Card 4

Front

Electoral reform

Back

Preview of the front of card 4

Card 5

Front

Party system

Back

Preview of the front of card 5
View more cards

Comments

No comments have yet been made

Similar Government & Politics resources:

See all Government & Politics resources »See all UK electoral systems resources »