Chapter 12 Review
35. Because incumbents usually win reelection, there is some stability in the membership
of Congress. This stability allows representatives and senators to gain some expertise in
dealing with complex questions of public policy.
37. All o
Chapter 6 Vocabulary
Public Opinion- the distribution of the populations beliefs about politics and policy issues.
Demography- the science of population changes
Census- a valuable tool for understanding demographic changes. The Constitution requires that
Chapter 10 Study Guide: Elections and Voting Behavior
1. Elections serve the purpose of institutionalizing political activity, making it possible for
most political participation to be channeled through the electoral process rather than
bubbling up throug
Chapter 8 Study Guide
1. The three heads of the three-headed political giants are: 1) the party in the electorate, 2) the party as an
organization, and 3) the party in government.
2. The key spokespersons for political parties come from
CH 6: Public Opinion & Political Action (Rev. Sept 2012)
I. The American People
A. Demography: the science of population changes.
B. Census: the Constitutionally required counting of the population every 10 years.
A valuable tool for understanding demogr
Chapter 6 Study Guide
Public Opinion and Political Action
1. Demography refers to the science of population changes.
2. The most valuable tool for understanding demographic changes in America is the census.
3. Public opinion is the distribution of the pop
Chapter 8: Political Parties (rev. OCT 2012)
Political Party: What is a political party?
Defined: A team of people operating under the same name/identification seeking to control the
governing apparatus by gaining office in an election. Ex. Republican,
Nominations & Campaigns (rev. OCT 2012)
I. Nomination: the official endorsement of a candidate for office by a political party.
A. Requires: money, media attention and momentum.
B. Campaign strategy: the master game plan candidates lay out to guide their
Chapter 15 Study Guide
1. According to Max Weber, a bureaucracy depends on certain elements:
a. It has a hierarchical authority structure (power flows from the top down and
responsibility flows from the bottom up)
b. It uses task specializ
Chapter 13 Study Guide: The President
62. Abraham Lincoln once said, Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment nothing
can fail; without it nothing can succeed.
63. Trivial but time consuming activities tossing out the first baseball of the se
CH 3: Federalism (2011) I. What is Federalism? A. Federalism: A way of organizing a nation so that two or more levels of government have formal authority over the same land and people. It is a system of shared powers between units of government. Stated ot
CH 10: Elections & Voting Behavior ( rev. Nov 2012) I. The Purposes Served by Elections Through free and competitive elections consent of the people is obtained and government obtains democratic legitimacy. Elections institutionalize political activity ma
CHs 14/18: Federal Budget Process, Revenues, & Expenditures and Social Welfare Policy
(Mar. 7, 2013)
The President and the Budget
A. Budget: key policy document allocating burdens (taxes) and benefits (expenditures), or a
series of goals with price tags a
CH 13: The Presidency (19 Feb. 2013)
A. Great Expectations: Americans expect presidents to produce peace, prosperity and
B. Key Limitations:
1. Other policy makers with whom they deal have their own agendas, interests and
CH 12: Congress (2012) Constitution and the Legislative Branch the Great Compromise A. Senate 1. Two Senators per state regardless of population a. Originally elected by state legislatures expected to represent state interests b. 17th Amendment (1913) pro
Chapter 11 Study Guide (Part 3)
57. According to the text, one of the most common functions of lobbyists is to influence
(provide information and ideas to) members of Congress.
58. The Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 established criteria for determining w
Chapter 2 Study Guide: The Constitution
1. Which is false?
a. A constitution is (True)
b. A constitution does (False)
2. A nations basic law is the Constitution. It creates political institutions, allocates power within
government, and often provides guar
Chapter 16 Study Guide The Federal Courts 1. During oral arguments at the Supreme Court, each side is permitted 30 minutes to present its case. 2. There are 12 federal courts of appeal, a Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and 91 federal district c