AP Gov Final Key Terms
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the use of government funds, contracts, grants, etc. for projects designed to please voters or legislators and win votes.
individual who does not join a group representing his or her interests yet receives the benefit of the group's influence. "The bigger the group the bigger the problem"
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.
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 that contending groups are so strong that government is weakened
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
a system in which states and the national government cooperate with each other by sharing powers and responsibilities
federalism characterized by a national government exercising its power independently from state governments.
Political action committees
committee formed by a special-interest group to raise money for their favorite political candidates
the process by which people gain their political attitudes and opinions
legislative work on behalf of individual constituents to solve their problems with government agencies and programs
Power used by Congress to gather information useful for the formation of legislation, review the operations and budgets of executive departments and independent regulatory agencies, conduct investigations through committee hearings, and bring to the public's attention the need for public policy
Elections to select party nominees in which voters can decide on Election Day whether they want to participate in the Democratic or Republican contests.
Elections to select party nominees in which only people who have registered in advance with the party can vote for that party's candidates, thus encouraging greater party loyalty.
organization that tries to influence government policy by promoting its ideas and backing candidates for office
a group of people with common goals who organize to influence government
open to new behavior or opinions and willing to discard traditional values. Currently more aligned with the Democratic Party.
A person who believes government power, particularly in the economy, should be limited in order to maximize individual freedom. Currently more aligned with the Republican Party.
the distribution of the population's beliefs about politics and policy issues
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