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Chapter 1 (The Study of American Government) Vocabulary

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power
The ability of one person to get another person to act in accordance with the first person's intentions.
authority
The right to use power.
legitimacy
Political authority conferred by law or by a state or national constitution.
democracy
The rule of the many.
direct or participatory democracy
A government in which all or most citizens participate directly.
representative democracy
A government in which leaders make decisions by winning a competitive struggle for the popular vote.
elite
Persons who possess a disproportionate share of some valued resource, like money or power.
Marxist view
View that the government is dominated by capitalists.
power elite view
View that the government is dominated by a few top leaders, most of whom are outside of government.
bureaucratic view
View that the government is dominated by appointed officials.
pluralist view
The belief that competition among all affected interests shapes public policy.