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The right to use power.
authority
Appointed officials who operate government agencies and large corporations
bureaucrats
A word used to describe at least three different political systems that each embody the principle of popular rule, if only in the interests of the people. See democratic centralism, direct democracy, representative democracy.
democracy
A form of democracy in which the interests of the masses were discovered through discussion within the Communist party, and then decisions were made under central leadership to serve those interests.
*democratic centralism
A form of democracy in which most, or all, of the citizenry participate directly by either holding office or making policy.
*direct (participatory) democracy
An identifiable group of persons who possess a disproportionate share of some valued resource
*elite
A theory that a few top leaders make the key decisions without reference to popular desires.
elitist theory
What makes a law or constitution a source of right.
*legitimacy
Politics in which leaders are constrained to follow closely the wishes of the people.
majoritarian politics
The ideology espoused by Karl Marx which holds that government is a reflection of economic forces, primarily ownership of the means of production.
Marxist theory
A theory that holds that political resources are divided among different kinds of elites, giving relevant interests the chance to influence decisions.
*pluralist theory
Power used to determine who will hold government office and how the government will behave.
Political power
The ability of one person to cause another person to act in accordance with the first person’s intentions.
*power
A political theory espoused by C. Wright Mills which holds that an elite of corporate leaders, top military officers, and key political leaders make most political decisions.
power elite
A political system in which political power is conferred on those selected by voters in competitive elections.
*representative democracy