pol sci terms - Republic a government having a chief of...

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Republic : a government having a chief of state who is not a monarch and who in modern times is usually a president (2) : a political unit (as a nation) having such a form of government Federalism : A system of government in which power is divided between a central authority and constituent political units. direct democracy : a form of democracy in which the people as a whole make direct decisions, rather than have those decisions made for them by elected representatives indirect democracy: a form of government in which people elect representatives to rule in their interest Sample: A portion, piece, or segment that is representative of a whole. probability sample : A group of cases selected from a population by a random process. Every member of the population has a known, nonzero probability of being selected non-probability sample : Selection of population based on researcher's convenience or judgment (qualitative). open-ended question: A question in a semi-structured questionnaire or topic guide that allows respondents to respond in their own words. Occasionally open-ended questions may appear in a structured interview using a 'closed question' instrument. This is not that common however, due to the difficulties of analysing these quantitatively. political bias: Mass media bias – Conservative, Liberal commercial bias : The news media are money-making businesses. As such, they must deliver a good product to their customers to make a profit. The customers of the news media are advertisers. The most important product the news media delivers to its customers are readers or viewers. Good is defined in numbers and quality of readers or viewers. The news media are biased toward conflict (re: bad news and narrative biases below) because conflict draws readers and viewers. Harmony is boring. interest group: a group of individuals on campus in the first stage of the process leading to installation as a chapter of a Greek-letter organization. direct lobbying
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This note was uploaded on 06/24/2008 for the course PSL 1010 taught by Professor Anderson during the Fall '04 term at Wayne State University.

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