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Government Vocab 1

Vocabulary for Chapter 1 Quiz (Magruder's American Government Text 2007)
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government
The institution through which a society makes and enforces its public policies
public policy
All those things a government decides to do
legislative power
The power to make law and frame public policy
executive power
The power to execute, enforce, and administer law
judicial power
The power to interpret laws, to determine their meaning, and to settle disputes that arise within the society
constitution
The body of fundamental laws setting out the principles, structures, and processes of a government
dictatorship
A form of government in which a single person or a small group has absolute power and authority
democracy
A form of government in which the supreme authority rests with the people
state
A body of people living in a defined territory who have a government with the power to make and enforce law without consent of any higher authority
sovereign
Having supreme power within its own territory; neither subordinate nor responsible to any other authority
autocracy
A government in which a single person holds unlimited political power
oligarchy
A government in which the power to rule is held by a small, usually self-appointed elite
unitary
All powers held by the government belong to a single, central agency
federal
A form of government in which the powers are divided between a central government and several local governments
confederation
An alliance of independent states
presidential
A form of government in which the executive and legislative branches are separate, independent, and coequal
parliamentary
A form of government in which the executive branch is made up of a prime minister, or premier, and that official's cabinet
compromise
An adjustment of opposing principles or systems by modifying some aspect of each
mixed economy
An economy in which private enterprise exists in combination with a considerable amount of government regulation and promotion
free enterprise
An economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods; and determined in a free market