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authority based on an individual's outstanding traits, which attract followers
a government in which a country's largest party aligns itself with one or more smaller parties
power that people do not accept as rightly exercised over them; also called illegitimate power
system of government in which the provinces have most of the powers and the central government has little authority
the act or process of reducing people to objects that do not deserve the treatment accorded humans
a system of government in which authority derives from the people; derived from two Greek words that translate literally as "power to the people"
a form of democracy in which the eligible voters meet together to discuss issues and make their decisions
a strong identity with a nation, accompanied by the desire for that nation to be dominant
a form of government in which power is held by a small group of individuals; the rule of the many by the few
the diffusion of power among many interest groups, preventing any single group from gaining control of the government
C. Wright Mills' term for those who rule the country: the top people in the leading corporations, the most powerful generals and admirals of the armed forces, and certain elite politicians, who make the nation's major decisions
an electoral system in which seats in a legislature are divided according to the proportion of votes each political party receives
authority based on law or written rules and regulations; also called bureaucratic authority
a form of democracy in which voters elect representatives to govern and make decisions on their behalf
a political entity that claims monopoly on the use of violence in some particular territory; commonly known as a country
the idea that everyone has the same basic rights by virtue of being born in a country (or by immigrating and becoming a naturalized citizen)
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