Party platform

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A political party platform or platform is a list of the actions which a political party, individual candidate, or other organization supports to appeal to the general public for the purpose of having said peoples' candidates voted into political office or complicated topics or issues. Individual topics, and a party's, person's, or organization's opinion on them are often called the "planks" of their platform in reference to a basic stage made out of boards or planks of wood, similar to what can be assembled for public speaking or debates to be held on.

A party platform is sometimes referred to as a manifesto[1] or a political platform.


The first known use of the word platform was in 1535. The word platform comes from Middle French plate-forme, literally meaning "flat form".[2] The political meaning of the word to reflect "statement of party politics" is from 1803, probably originally an image of a literal platform on which politicians gather, stand, and make their appeals.[3]

Famous political platforms[edit]

Example of a printed platform in pamphlet form: the 1912 U.S. Progressive Party platform

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  1. ^ "Manifesto". Merriam Webster. Retrieved 2012-02-07. 
  2. ^ "Platform". Merriam Webster. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  3. ^ "Platform". Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 

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