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AP Gov. In America


the institutions and processes through which public policies are made for a society. government
Goods such as clean air snd clean water, that everyone must share. public goods
the process by which we select our governmental leaders and what policies these leaders pursue. politics
All the activities used by citizens to influence the selection of political leaders or the policies they pursue. political participation
groups that have a narrow interest, tend to dislike compromise, and often draw membership from people new to politics. single-issue groups
the process by which policy comes into being and evolve over time. policymaking system
the political channels through which people's concerns become poliitical issues on the policy agenda. linkage institutions
the issues that attract the serious attention of public officials and other people actually involved in politics at any given point in time. policy agenda
An issue that arises when people disagree about a problem and how to fix it. political issue
The branches of gov't charged with taking action on political issues. policymaking institutions
A choice that gov't makes in response to a political issue. public policy
a sys of selecting policymakers and organizing gov't so that policy represents and responds to the public's preference. democracy
A fundamental principle of traditional democratic theory. majority rule
a principle of traditional democratic theory that guarantees rights to those who do not belong to majorities and allows that they might join majorities through persuasion and reasoned argument. minority rights
a basic principle of traditional democratic theory that desribes the relationship between the few leaders and the many followers representation
a thoery of government and politics emahaiszing that politics is mainly a competition among groups, each one pressing for its own preferred policies pluralist theory
a theory of government and polities contending that socies are divided a long class lives and that an upper-class elite will rule. elite and class theory
a theory of government and politics contending that groups are so strong that government is weakened hyperpluralism
a condition that occurs when no coalition is strong enough to form a majority and establish policy policy gridlock
the sum total of the value of all the goods and services produced in a nation gross domestic product
the belief that individuals should be left on their own by the government individualism
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