22 terms

civics today citizenship, economics, & you: chapter 7 vocab.

electoral college
the body of electors who formally elect the United States president and vice-president
person appointed to vote in presidential elections for the major candidates
executive order
a rule issued by the president that has the force of law
the act of excusing a mistake or offense
a warrant granting postponement (usually to postpone the execution of the death sentence)
a warrant granting release from punishment for an offense
foreign policy
actions that a nation takes in relation to other nations
national security
the ability to keep the country safe from attack or harm
a written agreement between two states or sovereigns
executive agreement
an agreement made between the president and a head of state
a diplomat of the highest rank
trade sanction
an effort to punish another nation by imposing trade barriers
ban on commerce or other activity
group of officials who head government departments and advise the President
federal bureaucracy
everyone who works for the government, including non elected employees
independent agency
an agency of the United States government that is created by an act of Congress and is independent of the executive departments
government corporation
A government agency that operates like a business corporation, created to secure greater freedom of action and flexibility for a particular program.
political appointee
a person appointed to a federal position by the president
civil service worker
a person hired into a government position
civil service system
the practice of hiring goverment workers on basis of open competitve examinations and merit
spoils system
the system of employing and promoting civil servants who are friends and supporters of the group in power
merit system
the system of employing and promoting civil servants on the basis of ability