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Authority
the right to use power
Bureaucrats
the appointed officals who opperate government agencies from day to day
democracy
a term used to describe a political system in which the people are said to rule, directly or indirectly
direct or participatory democracy
a political system in which all or most citizens participate directly by either holding office or making policy. The town meeting, in which citizens vote on major issues is an example of particaptory democracy
elite
an indentifiable group of persons who possess a disproportionate share of some valued resource-such as money or political power
legitimacy
political authority conferred by law, public opinion, or constitution
marxists
people who believe that those who control the economic system also control the political one
pluralist
a theory that competition among all affected interests shapes public policy
power
the ability of one person to get another person to act in accordance with the first person's intentions
representative democracy
a political system in which leaders and representatives acquire political power by means of a competitive struggle for the people's vote. This is the form of government used by nations that are called democractic.