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Chapter 1 The Study of American Government

STUDY
PLAY
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
Hyperpluralism
The view that a government is dominated by groups that are so strong that government seeking to please them all is thereby weakened
Government
The institutions and process through which public policies are made for a society