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American Government

democracy a form of government where political power rests in the hands of the people
direct democracy a form of government where people participate directly in making government decisions instead of choosing representatives to do this for them
government the means by which a society organizes itself and allocates authority in order to accomplish collective goals
ideology the beliefs and ideals that help to shape political opinion and eventually policy
majority rule a fundamental principle of democracy; the majority should have the power to make decisions binding upon the whole
minority rights protections for those who are not part of the majority
monarchy a form of government where one ruler, usually a hereditary one, holds political power
political power influence over a government’s institutions, leadership, or policies
politics the process by which we decide how resources will be allocated and which policies government will pursue; who gets what, where and when
representative democracy a form of government where voters elect representatives to make decisions and pass laws on behalf of all the people instead of allowing people to vote directly on laws
totalitarianism a form of government where government is all-powerful and citizens have no rights
Created by: sharimaclachlan