govt vocab

  1. a system of rule in which formal and effective limits are placed on the powers of the government
    constitutional government
  2. a system of rule in which the government recognizes no formal limits but may nevertheless be restrained by the power of other social institutions.
    authoritarian government
  3. a system of rule in which the government recognizes no formal limits on its powers and seeks to absorb or eliminate other social institutions that may challenge it.
    totalitarian government
  4. institutions and procedures through which a territory and its people are ruled
  5. a form of government in which a single individual- a king, queen, or a dictator- rules
  6. a form of government in which a small group- landowners, military officers, or wealthy merchants-control most of the government decisions
  7. a system of rule that permits citizens to play a significant part in the governmental process, usually through the election of key public officials
  8. conflicts over the leadership, structure, and policies of governments
  9. influence over a government's leadership, organization, or policies
  10. a system of government in which the populace selects representatives, who play a significant role in governmental decision making
    representative democracy/republic
  11. a system of rule that permits citizens to vote directly on laws and policies
    direct democracy
  12. the theory that all interests are and should be free to complete for influence in the government. The outcome of this competition is compromise and moderation
  13. broadly shared values, beliefs, and attitudes about how the government should function. American political culture emphasizes the values of liberty, equality, and democracy
    political culture
  14. freedom from government control
  15. a principle of constitutional government, a government whose powers are defined and limited by a constitution
    limited government
  16. an economic system in which the means of production and distribution are privately owned and operated for profit with minimal or no government interference
    laissez-faire capitalism
  17. 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
    equality of opportunity
  18. the right to participate in politics equally, based on the principle of "one person, one vote"
    political equality
  19. a principle of democracy in which political authority rests ultimately in the hands of the people
    popular sovereignty
  20. the democratic principle that a government follows the preferences of the majority of voters but protects the interests of the minority
    majority rule, minority rights
  21. the ability to influence politics and government
    political efficacy
  22. informed and active membership in a political community
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govt vocab
chapter 1 government vocabulary