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Unit 2 Vocabulary :)

Unit 2 Vocabulary

bipartisan supported by two parties
consensus General agreement among various groups on fundamental matters; broad agreement on public questions
electorate All of the people entitled to vote in a given election.
faction A conflicting group.
incumbent The current officeholder.
political party A group of persons who seek to control government through the winning of elections and the holding of [ublic office.
minor party One of the political parties not widely supported.
Partisanship Government action based on firm allegiance to a political party
sectionalism A norrow-minded concern for, or devotion to, the interests of one section of a country.
splinter parties Parties that have split away for one of the major parties.
split-ticket voting Voting for candidates of diffrent parties for different offices at the same election.
suffrage the right to vote
Gerrymandering The drawing of legislative district boundaries to benefit a party, group, or incumbent
Political Socializing the process through which an individual acquires his/her particular political orientation
independent a voter or candidate who does not identify with a political party
direct primary An election held within a party to pick that party's candidates for the general election
closed primary A party nominating election in which only declared party members can vote
ballot The device voters use to register a choice in an election
Political Action Committee(PAC) The political extension of special-interest groups which have a major stake in [=public policy
soft money Money given to State and local party organizations for voting-related activities
hard money Campaign money that is subject to regulations by the FEC
public affairs Those events and issues that concern the people at large, e.g., politics, public issues, and the making of public policies
mass media Those means of communication that reach large audiences, especially television, radio, printed publications, and the Internet
public opinion poll Devices that attempt to collect information by asking people questions
sample A representative slice of the public
quota sample A sample deliberately constructed to reflect several of the major characteristics of a given population
public policy All of the many goals that a government pursues in all in all of the many areas of human affairs in which it is involved
labor union An organization of workers who share the same type of job, or who work in the same industry, and press for government policies that will benefit their members
propaganda A technique of persuasion aimed at influencing individual or group behaviors to create a particular belief, regardless of its validity
lobbying Activities by which group pressures are brought to bear on legislators, the legislative process, and all aspect of the public-public-making process
Created by: Ashaunti