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AP Government

AP Government - Chapter 1 Vocabulary Terms

Chapter 1 TermsDefinitions
Power The ability to get another person to act in accordance with the first person's intentions.
Authority The right to use power.
Legitimacy Political authority conferred by law, public opinion, or constitution.
Democracy A term used to describe a political system in which the people are said to rule directly or indirectly.
Direct or Participatory Democracy A political system in which all or most citizens participate directly by either holding office or making policy. The town meeting, in which citizens vote on major issues, is an example of participatory democracy.
Representative Democracy A political system in which leaders and representatives acquire political power by a means of competitive struggle for the people's vote. This is the form of government used by nations that are called democratic.
Elite An identifiable group of persons who possess a disproportionate share of some valued resource, such as money or political power.
Marxists People who believe that those who control the economic system also control the political one.
Bureaucrats The appointed officials who operate govrnment agencies from day to day.
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