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Chapter 1 The Study of American Government
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
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
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
View that the government is dominated by appointed officials
The belief that competition among all affected interests shapes public policy
The view that a government is dominated by groups that are so strong that government seeking to please them all is thereby weakened
The institutions and process through which public policies are made for a society