Edexcel Politics 2. Elections and Voting Behaviour

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Question or Term
The voting system used in elections to the House of Commons
First Past the Post
An issue that is instrumental in determining how people will vote
Salient Issue
Those voters who will invariably support one of the main parties
Core Voters
A type of rational choice voting where people vote based on the benefit to society
Expressive/Altruistic Voting
The number of constituencies in the UK
The headline in 'The Sun' in January 1979 which much damaged James Callaghan, though he did not actually say those exact words
Crisis? What crisis?
A constituency where the results of past elections suggest the result of an election will be close
Marginal Seat
The body that oversees and regulates referendums and elections
Electoral Commission
A geographical area used to determine those people an elected representative represents, usually roughly equal in size
A major political story published by the Daily Telegraph in 2009
Expenses Scandal
Question or Term
The majority of seats held by the Conservative Party after the 2015 General Election
Where people with similar views vote for a party based on their overall judgement of its' and its rival's governing competence
Valence/Competence Voting
The number of candidates generally put up for election per Northern Ireland Assembly constituency by each party
Where a petition from the citizenry, signed by a certain threshold of voters triggers a referendum
16th September 1992, when Major's government was forced to withdraw from the European Exchange Rate Mechanism after a fall in the value of the pound against European currencies causing a huge financial loss and national humiliation
Black Wednesday
The way in which people are classified based on occupation and to a lesser extent, income
Social Class
The percentage of voters Ipsos MORI estimate voted tactically in 2010
A usually yes or no, and usually non-binding vote on a single issue or proposal
Where voters who used to be strongly attached to a party and always voted for it, detach themselves from that relationship in ever greater numbers
Partisan Dealignment
The winter of 1978-79 during which large-scale strike action was taken, against a backdrop of high inflation, unemployment, and falling growth, seeing polls change from a 5% Labour lead in November 1978 to a 20% Conservative lead by February 1979
Winter of Discontent
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