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Government Test 2

Chapter 7 Bold Print Terms

QuestionAnswer
Political Participation Actions of private citizens by which they seek to influence or support government and politics.
Unconventional Participation Relatively uncommon political behavior that challenges or defies established institutions and dominate norms.
Direct Action Unconventional participation that involves assembling crowds to confront businesses and local governments to demand a hearing.
Influencing Behavior Behavior that seeks to modify or reserve government policy to serve political interests.
Voter Turnout The percentage of eligible citizens who actually vote in a given election.
Franchise The right to vote. Also called suffrage.
Direct Primary A preliminary election, run by the state government in which the voters choose each party's candidates for the general election.
Referendum An election on a policy issue.
Standard Socioeconomic A relationship between socioeconomic status and conventional political involvement: people with higher status and more education are more likely to participate than those with lowers status.
Conventional Participation Relatively routine political behavior that uses institutional channels and is acceptable to the dominate culture.
Terrorism Premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant groups or clandestine agents.
Supportive Behavior Action that expresses allegiance to government and country.
Class Action Suit A legal action brought by a person or group on behalf of a number of people in similar circumstances.
Suffrage The right to vote. Also called the franchise.
Progressivism A philosophy of political reform based on the goodness and wisdom of the individual citizen as opposed to special interests and political institutions.
Recall The process for removing an elected official from office.
Initiative A procedure but which voters can purpose an issue to be decided by the legislature or by the people in a referendum. It requires gathering a specified number of signatures and submitting a petition to a designated agency.
Created by: beth96