The right to use power
An economic system in which the means of production are privately owned and competitive free markets determine prices, production, and the distribution of goods.
An approach to government that tends to favor individual responsibility over government responsibility and a limited role for government in most decisions.
Political system in which the people rule directly or indirectly
A form of government in which all citizens meet periodically to discuss and vote on almost all matters related to government.
Better educated, politically active, think more in ideological terms. Their opinions not reflected in the mass public
The state of being equal, esp. in status, rights, and opportunities
The ability to make the system respond to the people
An economic system in which private business operates in competition and largely free of state control, Americans favor
When interest groups are so powerful that the government is weakened
An adherent of an ideology, esp. one who is uncompromising and dogmatic
A system of ideas and ideals, esp. one that forms the basis of economic or political theory and policy
The idea that they are best able to make decisions about their lives
One's ability to understand and participate in political affairs
(political) The widespread acceptance that government has the authority to make decisions.
An approach to government that tends to favor active government involvement in many decisions and use of government to bring about social change.
An ideology which treasures individual liberties, opposes almost everything government does, and is similar to anarchism
When people are able to do as they please, the government does not constrain their choices, and they live their lives as they see fit as long as they do not hurt others. American liberty also favors individualism
In elections, when the person with the most votes wins
When minorities have the same rights as majorities and others. It is believed that the majority should not be able to oppress minorities or trample their rights.
mistrust of government
When the public does not trust the government (its decisions, members, etc)
A strong supporter of a party, cause, or person. Can drive voter turnout
A society in which independent groups seek political power in order to achieve their goals.
Effective political participation. Those with a sense of political efficacy believe that decision-makers take their ideas seriously.
A political philosophy supporting the rights and power of the people in their struggle against the privileged elite.
(political) causing others to modify their behavior as the government wants and deciding who does and does not receive political benefits.
A republic; specifically, a government whose authority is obtained and held, directly or indirectly, through free elections in which all competent adult citizens are allowed to participate.
Legal, social, or ethical principles of freedom or entitlement
rule of law
A state of order in which events conform to the law
Political and economic system characterized by government ownership of the means of production and distribution of goods and services. Socialism strives to produce relative income equality.
The ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with; Americans allow many people with whom they disagree to do a great deal politically
The crime of betraying one's country
One appointed to act in the best interest of another. A legislator who acts as a trustee votes in the best interest of the country and not necessarily in line with constituents' opinions.