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14 Cards in this Set

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believed that they could abolish capitalism and institute socialism through a severe partisan dictatorship.
the principle of dividing goernmental powers among different branches of government
separation of powers
a major principle of the american system of government whereby each branch of teh government can check the actions of the others
checks and balances
considered a classic in political theory that deals with the nature of groups and is considred teh best example of political theorizing ever produced in the united states
james madison; federalist no 10
a system of government in which power is divided between a central government and regional or subdivisional governments
a form of government in which sovereignty rests with the people as opposed to a king or monarch
a set of beliefs taht includes the advocacy of positive government action to improve the welfare of individuals, support for civil rights, and tolerance for political and social change
a set of beliefs taht includes a limited role for the national government in helping individuals, support for traditional values and lifestyles, and a cautious response to change.
a political ideology based on skepticism or opposition toward almost all government activites
a political theory holding that in a democracy, the government ought to do what the majority of the people want.
the basic principle of democracy asserting that the greatest number of citizens in any political unit should select officials and determine policies
majority rule
what are the 5 key elements of american political culture
individual liberty, government by popular consent, equality, private property rights, limited authority.
a legal framework designed to ensure that a specific group which is in a vulnerable, disadvantaged or marginalised position in society, is able to achieve equality and is protected from persecution.
minority rights
a type of regime in which only the government itself is fully controlled by the ruler. social and economic institutions exist that are not under the governments control