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The ability of one person to get another person to act in accordance with the first person's intentions.


The right to use power.


Political authority conferred by law or by a state or national constitution.


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.


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.

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