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Unit 3 vocab gopo

ap us government and politics

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Amicus curiae brief “friend of the court” brief filed by an interest group to influence a Supreme Court decision
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
Lobbying attempting to influence policy makers
Political Action Committee (PAC) an interest group that raises funds and donates to election campaigns
Selective exposure the practice of selectively choosing media sources which are in harmony with one’s own beliefs
Pluralism theory that policy making is the result of interest group competition
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
Spin control placing a certain slant on a story to deflect negative public attention against a candidate or office holder
Unit rule an abandoned rule of the Democratic Party national convention in which the candidate with the most delegates from a state won all of that state’s convention votes.
Patronage appointing loyal party members to government positions
Party column ballot ballot in which candidates are arranged by party rather than office. Encourages straight ticket voting
Office column ballot ballot in which candidates are arranged by office rather than party. Encourages split ticket voting
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