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Political Culture
The characteristic and beliefs of a particular people about government and politics.
Libery
The principle that individuals should be free to think and act as they choose
Equality
All individuals are equal in their moral worth, and are entitled to equal treatment under the law
Self-government
People are the ultimate source or governing authority and must have a voice in how they are governed
Politics
The process through which a society settles its conflicts
Democracy
People govern, either directly or through elected reps
Oligarchy
Control rests with a small group
Autocracy
Control rests with a single individual ex: King or dictator
Constitutionalism
There are limits to the rightful power of government over citizens
Socialism
Assigns gov't a large role in the ownership of the means of production and economic decisions
Communism
The gov't owns most major industries and takes responsibility for overall management of the economy
Capitalism
The gov't should interfere with the economy as little as possible
Public Policy
Decision by gov't to follow a course of action designed to produce a particular outcome
Totalitarian governments
Complete dominance over individuals and the institutions of society
Authoritarian governments
No limits on their power
Pluralism
Policies effictively are decided through power wielded by diverse interests