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Ch 12: Political Parties & Elections

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Use the short video lessons in this chapter to strengthen your knowledge of U.S. political parties and election processes. Learn about presidential and Congressional elections as well as the function of national parties in the United States.

Political Parties & Elections - Chapter Summary

This chapter's video lessons provide you with a comprehensive overview of political parties and elections in the United States. Our engaging instructors explain the roles of the American electoral and party systems. By viewing the lessons, you'll also learn about the structures and functions of U.S. political parties as well as the current state of the Democratic and Republican parties. In addition to these topics, you should be able to do the following after completing all of the video lessons in this chapter:

  • Describe the role of minor political parties in the U.S.
  • Explain the strengths and weaknesses of the presidential nomination process
  • Distinguish between primary elections and general elections
  • Understand the Electoral College process
  • Recognize the impact of reapportionment and redistricting of Congressional constituencies
  • Discuss the required steps to become a Congressional candidate
  • Identify factors that influence election outcomes
  • Compare and contrast presidential and Congressional campaigns
  • Understand campaign finance regulations

Our teaching style makes learning a straightforward, fun and efficient process. Professional instructors guide you through the chapter's political science concepts using several examples and images. Being able to view a video lesson in less than 10 minutes is the norm, and you can use our video timelines to rewatch excerpts.

After you feel confident about your understanding of the material, test your knowledge using our multiple-choice lesson quizzes.

14 Lessons in Chapter 12: Political Parties & Elections
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Political Party: Definition, Function, Organization & Mobilization

1. Political Party: Definition, Function, Organization & Mobilization

The following lesson will introduce you to the concept of political parties in the United States government. A short quiz will follow to check your understanding.

The National Parties: Organization & Structure

2. The National Parties: Organization & Structure

The following lesson will cover the structure and organization of the Democratic and Republican parties at the national level. A short quiz will follow to check your understanding.

Minor (Third) Parties: Definition, Role & Examples

3. Minor (Third) Parties: Definition, Role & Examples

The following lesson will introduce the concept of third parties, as well as explain their role in the national political party system. A short quiz will follow to check your understanding.

Electoral and Party Systems: Definition & Role

4. Electoral and Party Systems: Definition & Role

The following lesson will define and explain the role of the United States' electoral system and how it affects the shape of our party system. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.

The Current State of Contemporary United States Political Parties

5. The Current State of Contemporary United States Political Parties

The following lesson will cover the current state of the two major political parties in the United States and the mechanisms that cause political change. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.

Nominating a Presidential Candidate: The Process & Its Strengths & Weaknesses

6. Nominating a Presidential Candidate: The Process & Its Strengths & Weaknesses

The nomination process for United States president contains several different steps. This lesson outlines the modern nomination process for the offices of president and vice president and evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of the process.

Primary Election Versus General Election: Definition & Differences

7. Primary Election Versus General Election: Definition & Differences

In the United States, we use two different types of presidential elections. Both primary and general elections are used to determine a winning candidate. This lesson explains primary and general elections, including the differences between the two.

The Electoral College: Definition & Process

8. The Electoral College: Definition & Process

In the U.S., our presidential elections are decided using the Electoral College. The system is meant to balance election power between the federal and state governments. This lesson explains what the Electoral College is and how it works.

Reapportionment & Redistricting for Congressional Constituencies: Definition & Process

9. Reapportionment & Redistricting for Congressional Constituencies: Definition & Process

In this lesson, we will review the constitutional requirements for determining congressional districts. We will take a closer look at the process and effects of reapportionment and redistricting.

Party Nomination to Congress: Process to Become a Candidate

10. Party Nomination to Congress: Process to Become a Candidate

In this lesson, we will review the process to become a candidate for Congress. We will take a closer look at what the requirements are and what process is to be taken leading up to the election.

National Forces that Influence Congressional Elections

11. National Forces that Influence Congressional Elections

In this lesson, we will learn about the biggest national forces that influence congressional elections, taking a look at how they affect the election results and how the public is influenced by them.

Presidential vs. Congressional Campaigns: Similarities & Differences

12. Presidential vs. Congressional Campaigns: Similarities & Differences

In this lesson, we will review the difference between presidential and congressional campaigns. We will take a closer look at their differences and how they affect the campaign.

What Factors Influence the Outcome of an Election?

13. What Factors Influence the Outcome of an Election?

In this lesson, we will learn about several important factors that influence the outcome of an election. We will look in-depth at these factors and why they are important in the outcome of an election.

Campaign Finance: Sources, Regulations & Reform

14. Campaign Finance: Sources, Regulations & Reform

Modern presidential campaigns often last up to two years and involve extensive media operations. This means a successful campaign will be expensive. This lesson discusses campaign finance, including sources, regulations, and reform efforts.

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