*A political party is an organization of people
*Many political parties have an ideological core, but some do not, and many represent very different ideologies than they did when first founded.
* In democracies, political parties are elected to run a government by the electorate
*Many countries have numerous powerful political parties, such as Germany, some have a functional two-party system such as the United States of America, and some nations are one party states, such as China.