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weltpolitik
participation in the discussion and decision of international problems: international politics
feudal
1. of, exisitng in, or characterized by any social system in which great landowners or hereditary overlords exact revenue from the land and also exercise the functions of government in their domains

2. of the system by which people gave certain services eg military support to a more powerful man in return for lands, protection etc
dominion
one of the self-governing, autonomous states within the British Commonwealth equal in status with the United Kingdom and with each other
dopester
one that makes a practice of publicly forecasting the outcome of sports contests, political elections, or like events marked by a high degree of uncertainty
dynast
a hereditary ruler
dirigisme
economic planning and control by the state
doctrinaire
one who attempts to put into effect some especially political theory with little or no regard for practical difficulties
gestapo
a secret police organization that operates especially against persons suspected of treason or sedition and employs means held to be underhanded and terrorist
gerrymander
divide an area into political units in an unnatural and unfair way with the purpose of giving special advantages to one group
mugwump
one who is undecided or neutral often as a result of an inability to make up his or her mind (often used in politics)
hagiarchy
government by holy men, as priests or saints
hopper
a box on the desk of a public official into which a proposed bill is dropped
kingmaker
one that exerts great influence over the selection of candidates for public office
crossover
permitting voters who are registered as a member of one party to vote in the primaries of the other party
riding
an administrative jurisdiction or electoral district in an English county other than Yorkshire or one of the British dominions, as New Zealand or Canada
logrolling
the exchanging of assistance or favors, the trading of votes by legislators to secure favorable action on projects of interest by each one
checkoff
designation by a taxpayer of a small amount of income tax to be used for a special fund, as for financing a political campaign
selectman
one of a board of officers chosen usually in three-year terms in towns of all the New England states except Rhode Island to transact and administer all of the public business of the town
administer
manage the affairs of
bizonal
concerned with the combined affairs of two zones
abdicate
relinquish formally: as sovereign power
alderman
a member of a legislative body of a city
centrist
a member of a moderate party: one who holds views between those of the left and right
commonwealth
a democratic republic
Jacksonian
relating to a body of political ideas commonly associated with Andrew Jackson and vigorously championing the right of the common man to participate in governmental decisions and challenging the artistocratic principle of government
Dixiecrat
a member of a secessionist party of Southern Democrats who bolted the party in 1948 because of its support of civil rights
junket
a pleasure trip or tour made by an official at public expense for purposes of investigation or inspection
centralization
concentration of all the powers of government in the central or national organization
populist
chosen by vote of the common people as distinguished from a specific class or group
levy
impose or collect, as a tax or tribute, by legal process or authority
precinct
a part of a territory, a district or a city
regency
a period of government by one who governs a kingdom in the absence or disability of the sovereign
libertarian
one who upholds the principles of individual freedom of thought and action
electioneer
try to sway public opinion by use of propaganda
potentate
one who possesses great power or sway: a dictator
foolocracy
government by persons lacking in judgment or prudence
imperial
1. of or relating to an extended terriory of peoples under the control of a single sovereign power

2. pertaining to an empire

3. outstanding in size or quality
consolidationist
one who advocates the state of being united, esp. an advocate of a strong central government
Europeanism
the advocacy of the political or economic unification of Europe
referendum
a popular vote on a measure passed or proposed by a legislative body or by popular initiative
patronage
the right to appoint to government jobs: control of political appointments
despotic
using oppressive exercise of absolute power
protectorate
a territorial unit under the control of a more powerful state
abstention
nonparticipation in political life or international affairs
municipality
an urban political unit having corporate powers and rights to self-government
subsidy
a grant of funds or property from the government to a private person or company to assist in the establishment of an enterprise deemed advantageous to the public
ministerial
of, being, or having the characteristics of an act or duty belonging to the administration or the executive function in government and specifically proscribed by law as part of the official duties of an office
committeeman
a party leader of a ward or precinct responsible for getting party members to vote and also responsible for getting people other than party members to vote for the party's candidates or policies
tithingman
the chief man of an old English administrative unit containing ten men and their families
sedition
conduct or language that incites others to rebel against the authority of a state: rebellion; insurrection
caucus
a conference of party or organization leaders to decide on policies, plans, appointees, and candidates
tariff
the duty or rate of duty imposed by government on imported/exported goods for the production of revenue
disfranchise
deprive of a statutory or constitutional right: esp. deprive a person of the right to vote
insurgency
a condition of revolt against a recognized government that does not reach the proportions of an organized revolutionary government and is not recognized as belligerency
inaugural
relating to a formal induction or investiture
procurator
one that manages the affairs of another, esp. by acting as agent, deputy, representative, or proxy of the other
prerogative
a sovereign right
kleptocracy
government conducted by those who seek chiefly status and personal gain at the expense of the governed
ombudsman
a government official, as in New Zealand or Sweden, appointed to receive and investigate complaints made by individuals against abusive or capricious acts of public officials
gubernatorial
relating to the government
dissident
one who differs with an established political system
regulus
a petty king: a ruler of little power of consequence
interrex
one who exercises supreme or kingly power during the time in which a throne is vacant following the death, abdication, or resignation of a sovereign
borough
one of the five political divisions of New York City
bureaucracy
a particular group of government officials appointed to regulate and control activity, often at high costs and with no promise for improvement
agrarianism
a social or political movement designed to improve the economic status of the farmer
consul
an official appointed by the government to reside in a foreign control to represent the interests of citizens of the appointing country, as in commerce
caesar
a powerful ruler: a dictator
oligarchy
government by few
proviso
an article or clause, as in a statute or grant, that introduces a condition, qualification, or limitation, and usually begins with the word "PROVIDED"
sultanate
a state or country governed by a king or ruling sovereign esp. by a Muslim state
plurinominal
nominating or electing more than one representative
autonomous
having the right or power of self-government
chancellor
the chief minister of state in any of certain European countries who is charged with responsibilites corresponding with those of a prime minister
mesocracy
government by the middle classes
kaiserdom
the territory ruled by the German emperors from 1871-1918
ballotage
a second vote taken to decide between the two or three highest candidates when no candidate receives a majority on the first vote
solon
a wise and skillful lawgiver, a legislator
thearchic
of or relating to the rule of God: divinely sovereign or supreme
ethnarch
the governor of a province or people
cloture
the ending or limitation of debate in a legislative body by calling for a vote or by other authorized methods
Sandinista
a member of a military and political coalition holding power in Nicaragua from 1979-1990
misprision
the active or passive concealment of treason or felony from the prosecuting authorities by one not guilty of those crimes
interpellate
question formally about a governmental policy or decision
syndicalism
a revolutionary political movement that aims by the general strike and direct action of labor unions to overthrow parliamentary democracy and place general control in the hands of trade unions and workers' cooperatives
shogunate
the office, dignity, or government of a military governor of Japan before the mid-nineteenth century revolution with power exceeding the emperor's
empery
supreme power, esp. over a body politic
bolshevize
convert a country to a radical form of government outside the existing social, political, and economic order
toparchy
a small state or district consisting of a few cities or towns
synarchy
joint rule
burgher
a native inhabitant or citizen of a particular town
demagoguery
the principles or practices of political leaders who seek to gain personal or partisan advantage by way of specious claims, promises, or charges
vicegerent
an administrative deputy appointed to perform functions of a king or magistrate
Machiavellian
of or relating to Machiavelli or his political doctrine that any means, however lawless or unscrupulous, may be justafiably employed by a ruler in order to establish and maintain a strong central government
capitatim
levied or granted at so much per head
situs
the place to which an intangible right or property is deemed to belong for purposes of taxation or legal jurisdiction
Locarno
a nonaggression pact or other arrangement for national peace and security usually guaranteed with a mutual understanding of borders with provision for arbitrary disputes between the signing nations
burgrave
1. a noble ruling by hereditary right a German castle or town and its adjacent lands

2. the hereditary governor of a castle or town
plunderbund
a league of commercial, political, or financial interests that exploits the public
penlop
the feudal ruler of one of the provinces of Bhutan
kahal
the local governing body of a former European-Jewish community administering religious, legal, and communal affairs
ochlocracy
government by the mob: mob rule
pantisocracy
a utopian community in which all rule equally
empleomania
an excessive desire for holding public office
trierarchy
the ancient Athenian plan whereby individual citizens furnished and maintained having three banks of oars or other naval equipment as part of their civic duty
hecatontarchy
government by one hundred persons
satrapy
a territory governed by a viceroy of a sovereign power
Jacobin
a political extremist or radical: esp. one that advocates the attainment of egalitarian democracy usu. by revolutionary or violent methods
camarilla
a group of unofficial and often secret usually scheming advisors of one who is in power as a king or premier
tyrannis
absolute rule, as by a dictator in ancient Greece or midieval Italy
brevet
an official document from a government granting a privilege, title, or dignity
renvoi
the return by a government by an alien to his own country
demarche
any formal or informal representation or statement of views to a public official
pronunciamento
a proclamation or edict: esp. an edict announcing a change in government
sansculotte
a political extremist or radical esp. one who believes in violence to attain an end
politeia
the whole order of social and political relationships in a Greek city-state
panachage
the voting system that permits the voter to redistribute names from several party lists into a list having names in an order of the voter's own choice
hartal
concerted cessation of work and business esp. as a protest against a political situation or an act of government
pronun. [hahr-TAHL]
padishah
a chief ruler, a sovereign: esp. the shah of Iran
durbar
the governing body of a native Indian state
suzerain
a dominant state exercising varying degrees of control over a vassal state with regard to its foreign relations, but allowing it sovereign authority in its internal affairs
regie
a government monopoly, as on tobacco or salt, used chiefly as a means of taxation
swaraj
political independence: national or local self-government, home rule
proboleutic
concerned with preliminary discussion of and deliberation on something (as a legal measure) later to be submitted to another body of voters
apparatchik
a communist secret agent
greffier
an official recorder or keeper of records: a secretary
anschluss
a union, esp. the political or economic union of one government or territory with another
khedive
the ruler of Egypt from 1867-1914 governing as a semi-independent viceroy of the Sultan of Turkey
mwami
the native ruler or king of the former territory of Ruanda-Urundi, Africa
prytanis
a chief official in various ancient Greek states after the abolition of monarchies
arrondissement
a ward or administrative district of some large cities of France
ayuntamiento
the municipal council or governing body of a town or city in Spain or the former Spanish colonies
cahier
1. a report or memorial embodying resolutions or instructions concerning policy: esp. of a parliamentary body

2. a report of the proceedings of any body
apparentement
an alliance of French political parties formed during an election
syssel
an Icelandic administrative district
Laodicean
indifferent or lukewarm in religion or politics
laureate
one honored for achievements, esp in the arts or sciences
lazaretto
a hospital treating contagious diseases
lavaliere
a pendant worn on a chain around the neck
lavation
an act or instance of washing: CLEANSING
lebensraum
(FROM GERMANY)

additional territory considered by a nation to be necessary for its continued existence or economic well-being