Chapter 7 Terms
Why Policy doesn't always follow Public Opinion
1. The Framers tried to create a government for the purpose of achieving certain goals,
not that would do "what the people want."
2. It isn't always easy to know what the public thinks.
To What Ends?
We like knowing who governs and why it matters who governs.
Government makes a huge difference in everyone's daily lives. Though it doesn't
affect personal matters such as work, play, love, family and health as it does other
matter, it sti
Chapter 8 Terms
Since 1996, only about 60% of the voting-age population in the US have been
registered to vote during mid-term congressional election years, and about 2/3
have been registered to vote during presidential election years.
Chapter 3 Terms
Kelo v. City of New London
City officials condemned Susette Kelo's house that had a view of the Long Island
Sound estuary. They took her house, along with the houses of her neighbors,
because they wanted to develop the area with townhouse
Chapter 4 Terms
The amount of faith you have in your government
Internal v. External Efficacy
Internal Efficacy: the belief that one can understand and participate in government
External Efficacy: Your opinion on how the government a
Chapter 6 Terms
The rights of people to be treated without unreasonable or unconstitutional
Government treating different demographic groups differently
If it is rational it is okay. Ex. Drinking laws
Wilson, Chapter 9 Terms
Political Party: A group that seeks to elect candidates to public office.
The party identification is a label given by a group that seeks to elect candidates
to public office.
Parties include Democrats, Repu
Wilson, Chapter 10 Terms
Campaigns Then and Now
Political parties used to determine who got nominated Today people hire
others to perform several separate campaign tasks including Media
consultants, direct mail firms, polling fi
Chapter 19 Terms Social Welfare
Means-tested v. non-means-tested
Means-tested: you must fall below a certain income level to enjoy the benefits
Non-means-tested: available to everyone without regard to income
Majoritarian v. client politics
Chapter 18 Terms Economic Policy
Health of American economy creates majoritarian politics
People hold politicians responsible for the state of the country
People worry about the pocketbook issue just before an election
Issues that people believe require governmental action
Forces that shape legitimacy
Shared political values, the weight of custom and tradition, the impact of events
such as wars and depressions, and
A.P. U.S. Government - Chapter 16 Terms
The power of the courts to declare laws unconstitutional
Judicial Restraint (Strict Construction) v. Judicial Activism
Judicial restraint approach: The view that judges should decide cases strictly
Chapter 13 Terms
Congress v. Parliament
Becoming a member
Parliament: a person needs to persuade a political party to put his
or her name on the ballot; local party committees take those
suggestions; voters choose between two or three national parties
A.P. U.S. Government - Wilson, Chapter 15 Terms
A large, complex organization composed of appointed officials. Authority is
divided among several managers so no one person makes all the decisions.
1. Political authority o