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22 Cards in this Set

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Institutions and procedures through which a territory and its people are ruled


Conflict over the leadership, structure and policies of governments

Political efficacy

The ability to influence government and politics


Informed and active membership in a political community


A form of government in which a single individual- a king, queen, or dictator-rules


A form of government in which a small group- landowners, military officers, or wealthy merchanys - controls most of the governing decisions


A system of rule that permits citizens to play a significant part in the governmental process, usually through the election of key public officials

Constitutional government

A system of rule in which formal and effective limits are placed on the powers of the government

Authoritarian government

A system of rule in which the government recognizes no formal limits but may nevertheless be restrained by the power of other social institutions

Totalitarian government

A system of rule in which the government recognizes no formal limits on its power and seeks to absorb or eliminate other social institutions


Influence over a governments leadership, organization, or policies

Representative democracy (republic)

A system of government in which the populace selects representatives, who play a significant role in governmental decision making

Direct Democracy

A system of rule that permits citizens to vote directly on laws and policies


The theory that all interest are and should be free to compete for influence in the government; the outcome of this competition is compromise and moderation

Political culture

Broadly shared values, beliefs, and attitudes about how the government should function. American political culture emphasizes the values of liberty, equality, and democracy


Freedom from government control

Limited government

A principle of constitutional government; a government whose powers are define and limited by a constitution

Laissez-faire Capitalism

An economic system in which the means of production and distribution are privately owned and operated for profit with minimal or no government interference

Equality of Opportunity

A widely shared American ideal that all people should have the freedom to use whatever talents and wealth they have to reach their fullest potential

Political Equality

The right to participate in politics equally, based on the principle of 'one person, one vote',

Popular sovereignty

A principle of democracy in which political authority rests ultimately in the hands of the people

Majority rule, minority rights

The democratic principle that a government follows the prefences of the majority of voters but protects the interests of the minority