Ap Gov Important Terms
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a theory of government and politics contending that groups are so strong that government is weakened
A theory of government that holds that open, multiple, and competing groups can check the asserted power by any one group.
A theory of government and politics contending that an upper-class elite will hold most of the power and thus in effect run the government.
A system in which power is divided between the national and state governments
Marble Cake Federalism
Conceives of federalism as a marble cake in which all levels of government are involved in a variety of issues and programs, rather than a layer cake, or dual federalism, with fixed divisions between layers or levels of government.
Layered Cake Federalism
clear delineation of authority and programs among the levels of government
open to new behavior or opinions and willing to discard traditional values.
A person who believes government power, particularly in the economy, should be limited in order to maximize individual freedom.
A primary election in which voters may choose in which party to vote as they enter the polling place
A primary in which only registered members of a particular political party can vote
Federal projects, grants, and contracts available to state and local governments, businesses, colleges, and other institutions in a congressional district.
The process by which provisions of the Bill of Rights are brought within the scope of the Fourteenth Amendment and so applied to state and local governments.
Political Action Committee (PAC)
A committee set up by a corporation, labor union, or interest group that raises and spends campaign money from voluntary donations
the process by which people gain their political attitudes and opinions
A group of individuals with broad common interests who organize to nominate candidates for office, win elections, conduct government, and determine public policy
the distribution of the population's beliefs about politics and policy issues
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