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By The People: Chapter 1
Terms in this set (11)
Checks and balances
The principle that each branch of government has the authority to block the other branches, making it more difficult for anyone to exercise too much power. It makes passing legislation far more difficult in the United States than in most other democracies.
The system established by the Constitution to elect the president; each state has a number of electors (equal to the size of its congressional delegation in House and Senate); the public in each state votes for electors who then vote for the president.
The organizations, norms, and rules that structure government and public actions.
A network of influence and money flowing between defense contractors, military figures in the Pentagon, and defense policy officials in Congress and the White House.
Occupy Wall Street
A social movement, originating in New York City, that protested the inequality of wealth and power, targeting the "top 1 percent."
Corrupt parties that ran many city and state governments in the 19th century.
An informal name for president-appointed positions, usually to lead a special project like the White House "war on drugs."
Public Private Partnership
A government program or service provided through joint efforts of private-sector actors (usually businesses) and public officials.
An approach to political behavior that views individuals as rational, decisive actors who know their political interests and seek to act on them.
Asystem of government that rests ultimate governing power in its people, who may rule directly or via representatives.
A national social movement, primarily attracting fiscal and social conservatives, that seeks to limit government spending and cut taxes.
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