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AP GO PO Unit 3 Voca

Political Parties / Interest Groups / Media

QuestionAnswer
Amicus curiae brief "friend of the court" brief filed by an interest group to influence a Supreme Court decision.
Dealignment argument contention that parties are less meaningful to voters, who have abandoned the parties in greater numbers to become independents. (Contention means argument, Jon. Sheesh.)
Divided government government in which one party controls the presidency while another party controls the Congress.
Elite theory theory that upper class elites exercise great influence over public policy.
Free rider problem the problem faced by interest groups when citizens can reap the benefits of interest group action without actually joining, participation in, or contributing money to such groups.
Horse race coverage the tendency of the media to report on an election campaign as if it were a horse race, i.e., who is ahead, who is behind, who is gaining ground.
Confession I just spilled hot chocolate on your vocab terms list.
Iron triangle an informal association of federal agency, congressional committee, and interest group that is said to have heavy influence over policy making.
Litigation the act or process of carrying out a lawsuit.
Party column ballot ballot in which candidates are arranged by party rather than office. Encourages straight ticket voting.
Pluralism theory that policy making is the result of interest group competition.
Patronage appointing loyal party members to government positions.
Revolving door A door that revolves.
Revolving door the cycle in which a person alternately works for the public sector and private sector, thus blurring the individual's sense of loyalty.
Selective perception the practice of perceiving media messages the way one wants to.
Sound bite a short, pithy (brief and meaningful) comment that is likely to attract media attention, e.g. Ronald Reagan saying, "A recession in when your neighbor loses his job, a depression is when you lose your job, and recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his job."
Spin control placing a certain slant on a story to deflect negative public attention against a candidate or office holder.
Pneumonoultramicroscopicsi- licovolcanoconiosis 'a lung disease caused by the inhalation of very fine silica dust, causing inflammation in the lungs.'
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