American Government 10th Edition Chapter 1
Terms in this set (11)
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.
power elite theory
View that the government is dominated by a few top leaders, most of whom are outside of government.
Persons who possess a disproportionate share of some valued resource, like money or power.
The ideology espoused by Karl Marx which holds that government is a reflection of economic forces, primarily ownership of the means of production.
View that the government is dominated by appointed officials.
The belief that competition among all affected interests shapes public policy.