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Unit 1 Review US GOPO

Flashcards to study important and major terms and concepts from Chapters 1-3 in Government in America (Lineberry)
institutions and processes through which public policies are made for a society.
public goods
goods, such as clean air and clean water, that everyone must share
political participation
all the activities used by citizens to influence the selection of political leaders or the policies they pursue.
single-issue groups
groups that have a narrow interest, tend to dislike compromise, and often draw membership from people new to politics.
policymaking system
process by which policy comes into being and evolves over time.
linkage institutions
political channels through which people's concerns become political issues on the policy agenda.
policy agenda
issues that attract the serious attention of public officials and other people actually involved in politics at any given point in time.
political issue
issue that arises when people disagree about a problem and how to fix it.
policymaking institutions
branches of government charged with taking action on political issues.
public policy
choice that govt makes in repsponse to a political issue.
policy impacts
effects a policy has on people and problems. analyzed to see how well a policy has met its goal and at what cost.
system of selecting policymakers and of organizing govt so that policy represents and responds to the public's preferences.
majority rule
fundamental principle of traditional democratic theory. in a democracy, choosing among alternatives requires that the majority's desire be respected.
minority rights
principle of traditional democratic theory that guarantees rights to those who do not belong to majorities and allows that they might join majorities through persuasion and reasoned argument
basicprinciple of traditional democratic theory that describes the relationship between the few leaders adn the many followers.
pluralist theory
theory of government and politics emphasizing that politics is mainly a competition among groups, each one pressing for its own preferred policies.
elite and class theory
theory of government and politics contending that societies are divided among class lines and that an upper-class elite will rule, regardless of the niceties of governmental organization.
theory of gopo contending that groups are so strong that govt is weakened. Extreme, exaggerated, or perverted form of pluralism.
policy gridlock
condition that occurs when no coalition is strong enough to form a majority and establish policy
political culture
overall set of values widely shared within a society.
According to Carpini and Keeter, how does political knowledge benefit people?
1. fosters civic virtue 2. helps citizens identify policies that truly benefit them and incorporate that info into voting behavior 3. promotes active participation in politics
Two fundamental questions about governing...
How should we govern? What should government do?
What functions do all governments have in common?
maintain national defense, provide public services, preserve order, socialize the young, collect taxes
Laswell's definition of politics
Who gets what, when, and how.
media's focus on politics
the "Who"
What refers to the
substance of gopo
"how" people participate
voting, suporting, compromising, lobbying, etc
4 major linkage institutions in the US
elections, political parties, interest groups, and the media
Three policymaking institutions established in the Const
Congress, the presidency, and the courts
policymaking institution regarded by political scientists as a fourth policymaking institution but not in const
authors of the Communist Manifesto
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
Robert Dahl's five criteria for an ideal democratic process
equality in voting, effective participation, enlightened understanding, citizen control of the agenda, inclusion,
who called America a "nation of joiners" ?
Alexis de Tocqueville
4 major challenges to democracy in the United States
increased technical expertise, limited participation in govt, escalating campaign costs, diverse political interests
5 elements of the American creed according to LIpset
liberty, egalitarianism, individualism, laissez-faire, populism,
Wayne Baker's outline on why America may be experiencing a crisis of cultural values
loss over time of traditional values such as the importance of religion and family life, unfavorable comparison with the citizens of other countries in terms of values such as patriotism or support for moral principles, division of society into opposed groups with irreconciable moral differences.
a nation's basic law. it creates political institutions, assigns or divides powers in government, and often provides certain guarantees to citizens.
the French and Indian War
GB gained enormous new territory in North America...increased taxes on colonists to pay for defense and administration of new territory
major complaints of colonists about British rule
increased taxes, trade restrictions, no representation in Parliament
author of the Declaration of Independence
Thomas Jefferson
Declaration of Independence
document approved by representatives of the American colonies in 1776 that stated their grievances against the British monarch and declared their independence
John Locke
natural rights, consent of the governed, limited government, purpose of govt--protect personal property and natural rights
Locke argued that in extreme cases
people have the right to revolt against a govt that no longer has their consent
Two limits on govt according to Locke
1. govt must provide standing laws so that people know in advance whether their acts will be acceptable 2. govt cannot take from any man any part of his property without his consent
natural rights
rights inherent in human beings, not dependent on governments, include life, liberty, and property. Central to Locke's philosophy, widely accepted among America's founding fathers
consent of the governed
idea that govt derives its power by sanction of the people
limited government
idea that certain restrictions should be placed on govt to protect the natural rights of citizens.
How is the diversity of the American people reflected?
diversity of interests represented in the political system
How much does it usually require to win a congressional election?
half a million dollars
includes both equality of opportunity and political equality
belief that people can and should get ahead on their own
explanation of American individualism
bountiful frontier
economic policy promoting free markets and limited government
summarized by Lincoln's words, "govt of the people, by the people, for the people."
John Locke
author of "Second Treatise of Government" whose ideas most profoundly influenced American political leaders.
the sole purpose of government according to Locke
protection of natural rights
Locke's definition of natural rights
life, liberty, property
How did Jefferson alter Locke's phrase: Life, liberty, and Property?
Life Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness
the post war depression left state legislatures more sympathetic to
Shay's Rebellion
1786, small group of farmers in western Massachusetts led by Captain Daniel Shays rebelled at losing their land to creditors
What instructions were delegates given for the Philaelphia Convention
meet with the sole and express purpose of revising the AOC
how many states sent delegates to the Philadelphia convention?
What major characteristics described the delegates?
economic and political elite/notables, college graduates/educated, coastal residents
questions founders agreed on
human nature (cynical view), cause of political conflict (unequal distribution of wealth, factions), object and nature of a republican govt (key role in checking and containing natural self-interest of people)
Father of the Constitution
James Madison
Source of political conflict according to Madison
unequal distribution of wealth
What did the delegates belive would happen if any faction was left unchecked and had too much power?
the faction would become tyrannical
New Jersey Plan
proposed by William Paterson of NJ, called for each state to be equally represented in the new Congress
The Virginia Plan
suggested by Edmun Randolph of Virginia, called for representation in Congress based on the state's share of the AMerican population
Connecticut Compromise
Roger Sherman and William Johnson of Conn, proposed adoption of a bicameral legislation, Senate--two members per state HOR--based on rep.
3/5 Compromise
both representation and taxation were to be based upon the "number of free persons" plus three-fifths of the number of "all other persons."
advocates of the const. economic elite, more educated, city, wanted strong central government and weaker state govts. wanted indirect election of representatives and longer terms.
James Madison, John Jay, Alexander Hamilton, wrote under name "Publius", added BOR in compromise with Anti-Federalists
opponents of the Const. economic middle/lower class, less educated, more rural residents, favored strong state govts, favored strong protections of individual rights, only wanted to revise AOC, wanted direct elections and shorter terms.
Thomas Jefferson, George Clinton, Patrick Henry
"Montezuma, Agrippa, Brutus, etc" feared the new const would erode fundamental liberties, new const was an enemy of freedom, and argued tht the new Const was a class-based document with the purpose of ensuring the economic elite would control public policies
reason to suspend writ of habeas corpus
invasion or rebellion
writ of habeas corpus
bills of attainder
cannot punish someone without a judicial trial
ex post facto laws
cannot punish someone or increase punishment for acts that were not illegal or not as strict of a punishment at the time they were committed.
prohibited qualification for holding public office
religious tests
Madison's plan to prevent "tyranny of the majority"
1. place as much govtl control out of the hands of the masses (only the HOR was directly elected) 2. Checks and balances 3. separation of powers
17th Amendment
direct election of Senators
checks and balances
each branch requires the consent of the others for many of its decisions
separation of powers
each branch of govt would be independent of the others
Articles of Confederation
document that outlined the voluntary agreement between states and was adopted as the first plan for a permanent union
Marbury v. Madison
established principle of judicial review
judicial review
power of courts to hold executive and congressional policies unconstitutional
system of government based on the consent of the governed in which power is exercised by representatives of the public.
effects of Madisonian model
enourages moderation and compromise, slows change
formal amendments
change written language of Const.
Procedures found in Article V
an amendment may be proposed either by a 2/3 vote in each house or chamber of Congress, or by a national convention
an amendment may be ratified either by the legislatures of 3/4 of states or by special state conventions called in 3/4 of states.
informal amendment
judicial interpretation, political practice, demands on policymakers, changes in technology
Bill of Rights
First 10 Amendments of the Const passed after ratification specifically protecting individual liberties
Equal Rights Amendment
first proposed in 1923, passed by Congress in 1972, not ratified by 3/4 of states; mandated equality of rights under the law regardless of gender
Federalist Papers
written by Hamilton, Jay, and Madison to convince others to support the new const.
groups of people, currently known as political parties or interest groups, who arise as a result of unequal distribution of wealth to seize the reigns of govt in their own intersest
write of habeas corpus
enables people who are detained by authorities to secure immediate inquiry and reasons why they have been detained
block grants
broad program grants given more or less automatically to sates and communities, which exercise discretion in how money is to be spent.
categorical grants
grants that can be used only for specific purposesor categories of state and local spending
cooperative federalism
where state and national government responsibilities are mingled and blurred like a marble cake; powers and policies are shared
transferring responsibility for policies from the federal govt to the state and local govt
dual federalism
where states and the natl govt each remain supreme within their own spheres of power, much like a layer cake
elastic clause
statement in the const which says that Congress has the power to make all laws necessary and proper for carrying out its duties
enumerated powers
powrs of congress found in art 1 section 8 of the const
const requires each state to return a person charged with a crime in another state to that state for trial or inprisonment
system of shared powers between two or more levels of govt
fiscal federalism
pattern of spending, taxing, and providing grants in the federal system
formula grants
type of categorical grants where states and local govts do not apply for a grant but are given funds on the basis of a formula
full faith and credit
art 4 of the const requires states to provide reciprocity toward other states' public acts, records, and civil judicial proceedings
Gibbons vs. Ogden
1824 SC case which further expanded Congress' power to regulate interstate and international commerce by defining commerce very broadly to incorporate every form of commercial activity
implied powers
powers beyond Congress' enumerated power which ensure that it can carry out its duties
intergovernmental relations
term used to describe the entire set of interactions among natl, state, and local govts
McCulloch vs. Maryland
1819 SC case, which established the supremacy of the natl govt over the states, included both enumerated and implied powrs of congress
privileges and immunities
const prohibits states from discriminating against citizens of other states.
project grant
categorical grant awarded on the basis of competitive applications
Supremacy Clause
art 4 of the Const prohibits states from discriminating against citizens of other states
Tenth Amendment
specifies that powers not delegated to the natl govt are reserved for the state govt or the people
unitary govt
a system where all power resides in the central govt
most govts in the world
weak natl govt, most power is in the hands of its components (states or other like in the UN)
importance of federalism
decentralizes politics and policies (people have more access)
three items that are the supreme law of the land
US Const, laws of the natl govt, treaties
Four key events that largely shaped the issue of how natl and state powers are related
McCulloch v. Maryland--first brought issue of state vs. natl govt to court. Established idea of "implied powers" that Congress has and the "necessary and proper clause" ruling: national policies take precedence over state policies.

Gibbons v. Ogden--broadly defined commerce to encompass virtually every form of commercial activity.

Civil War--settled militarily what McCulloch enunciated constitutionally

civil rights movement--equality issues
Brown vs. BOE--school segregation unconstitutional
obligations states have towards each other
Full faith and credit
privileges and immunities
grants in aid
main instrument the national government uses for both aiding and influencing states and localities
some "strings" on categorical grants
nondiscrimination provisions, punitive cross-over sanctions and cross-cutting requirements that reduce or deny federal funds if certain state or local laws are not passed or if federal guidelines are not met
two types of categorical grants
project--awarded based on competitive application
formula--distributed according to a formula.
underfunded mandate
partly funded by national government, states have to budget more funds for the project in order to receive federal grant money.
unfunded mandates
require state and local governments to spend money to comply with laws with no financial help from the federal government
advantages of federalism for democracy
more opportunities for participation in government and politics
increased access to govt
increases opportunities for govt to be responsive to demands for policies
parties can rebuild strength and groom leaders at the state and local level
diversity of opinion can be reflected in different public policies among different states
reduces decision making conflict at the national level.
disadvantages of federalism for a democracy
quality of services like education is heavily depended on the state in which the service is provided; states differ greatly in available resources
diversity in policy can discourage states from providing services that would otherwise be available because poor people may be attracted from states with lower benefits
local interests impede natinoal majority support for certain functions
vast number of govts make it difficult for people to know which govt is govt for certain functions
federalism and scope of natl govt
as country went from ag--> industrial, new problems arose requiring govtal action (child labor laws, etc)
most problems or policies required authority and resources of the natl govt.
natl govt spends about 20% of the GDP
defines whom we select as govtl leaders and what policies they pursue
political participation
the ways in which people get involved in politics
4 types of public policies
congressional statutes (laws) presidential actions, court decisions, budgetary choices, regulation
relationship between the few leaders and the many followers
three contemporary theories of American democracy
1. Pluralist
groups compete with each other for control, no one group or set dominates.
multiple access points to govt with power spread among the various branches and levels of govt
bargaining and compromise are essential.
electoral majorities rarely rule
the recent increase in interest group activitiy is cited as evidence of pluarlism.
2. Elite and Class Theory
our society, like all socities is divided among class lines
upper class elite rules, regardless or govt organization
wealth is the basis of power
big business and its power is at the center of most elite and class theories
observers argue that elitism is increasing
3. Hyperpluralism
pluralism gone sour
many groups so strong they are unable to act
too many groups with access to different levels and branches of govt.
policy gridlock, confusing and contradictory policies result from politicians trying to placate every group
Five elements of political culture that shape American Democracy
1. liberty
one of Jefferson's inalienable rights and a cornerstone of the BOR
2. Egalitariansism
equality of opportunity, especially social equality
3. individualism
developed in part from the western frontier and the immigrants' flight from govt oppression
4.Laissez-faire economics
American govt taxes and regulates less than most countries at its equivalent level of development
5. populism
the common, ordinary citizens are idealized in American politics, and both liberals and conservatives claim to be their protectors.
Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
the value of all goods and services produced annually by the US