Political ideology influences social policy due to the beliefs that individual policy makers hold. These ideologies vary along a scale of liberal to conservative. According to Justin Quinn of About.com, conservative soci... More »

The people hold political power in a democracy. The system lets people choose their leaders through a competitive process and hold them accountable for their policies and conduct in public office. The people elect their ... More »

In the American political system, political parties serve the purpose of providing a platform for like-minded individuals to rally around a particular ideology. These parties then influence legislation and governing, rec... More »

A spoiler candidate takes votes away from a major candidate who offers a similar political ideology. This means that the chances of success of the opposing major candidate are better as the splitting of the vote has a sp... More »

During a modern presidential election, the candidate for president of the United States selects a vice-presidential candidate based on factors such as demographics, ideology, popularity and presidential qualities. The tw... More »

The central issue of the 1866 congressional elections was President Johnson's reconstruction policy. The policy heavily favored the south and was extremely lax about the treatment of newly freed slaves. Republican member... More »

Voting engages people with their government, increasing the likelihood that people share their concerns with their representatives and that representatives take these concerns into account when creating policy. Voting ha... More »