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AP Government

Chapter 1 Vocab

Government The instituions and processes through which public policies are made for a society
Public Goods Such as clean water, that everyone must share
Politics The process by which we select our government leaders and what policies these leader pursue
Political Participation All the activites used by citizens to influence the selection of political leaders or policies they pursue
Singles Issue Groups have narrow interst, tend to dislike compromise, and often draw membership from people new to politics
Policymaking System The process by which policy comes into being and evolves over time
Linkage Institutions The political channels though which peoples become political issues on the policy agenda
Policy Agenda The issues that attract the serious attention of public officials and other people actually involved in politics at any given point
Political Issue An issue that arises when people disagree about a problem and how to fix it
Policymaking Institutions The branches of government charged with taking action on political issues
Public Policy A choice that government makes in response to a political issue
Democracy A system of selecting policymakers and of organizing government so that policy represents and responds to public prefernece
Majority Rule Choosing amoung alternatives requires that the majority's desire be respected
Minority Rights Garentees rights of those who do not belong to majorities
Pluralist Theory Empasizes that politics is mainly a competition amoung groups, pressing its own preferred policies
Hyperpluralism Groups are so strong that government is weakend
Policy Gridlock No coalition is strong enough to form a majority and establish policy
Individualism Individuals should be left on their own by government
Created by: crescenti