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CHAPTER 1 The Study of American Government IMPORTANT TERMS *authority The right to use power. *bureaucrats Appointed officials who operate government agencies and large corporations *democracy A word used to describe at least three different political systems that each embody the principle of popular rule, if only in the interests of the people. See democratic centralism, direct democracy, representative democracy. *democratic centralism A form of democracy in which the interests of the masses were discovered through discussion within the Communist party, and then decisions were made under central leadership to serve those interests.
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*direct (participatory) democracy A form of democracy in which most, or all, of the citizenry participate directly by either holding office or making policy. *elite An identifiable group of persons who possess a disproportionate share of some valued resource elitist theory A theory that a few top leaders make the key decisions without reference to popular desires. *legitimacy
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