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AP Government 4

AP Government - Chapter 4 Vocabulary

Chapter 4 TermsDefinitions
Political Culture A broadly shared way of thinking about political and economic life that reflects fundamental assumptions about how government should operate. It is distinct from political ideology.
Political Subculture Fundamental assuptions about how the political process should operate that distinguish citizens by region, religion, or other characteristics.
Political Ideology A more or less consistent set of views as to the policies government ought to pursue.
Civic Duty A belief that one has an obligation to participate in civic and political affairs.
Civic Competence A belief that one can affect government policies.
Work Ethic A belief in the importance of hard work and personal achievement.
Class Consciousness An awareness of belonging to a particular socioeconomic class whose interest are different from those of others. Usually used in reference to workers who view their interests as opposite those of managers and business owners.
Orthodox People who believe that moral rules are derived from the commands of God or the laws of nature. They are likely to believe that tradtional morality is more important than individual liberty and should be enforced by government and communal norms.
Progressive A person who believes that moral rules are derived in part from an individual's belifs and the circumstances of modern life. Progressives are likely to favor government tolerance and protection of individual choice.
Political efficacy A citizen's belief that he or she can understand and influence political affairs. This sense is divided into two parts, internal efficacy and external efficacy.
Internal efficacy Confidence in a citizen's own ablities to understand and take part in political affairs. One part of political efficacy.
External efficacy A belief that the system will respond to a citizen's demands. One part of political efficacy.
Americanism A belief that Americans consider themselves bound by common values and common hopes
Culture War A split in the United States reflecting differences in peoples's beliefs about private and public morality, and regarding what standards ought to govern individual behavior and social arraingements
Created by: monkeykist on 2005-03-04



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