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Glossary of Ap Government Chapter 1

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the ability of one person to get another person to act in accordance with the first person's intentions
power
the right to use power
authority
political authority conferred by law or by a state or national constitution
legitimacy
the rule of the many
democracy
a government in which all or most citizens participate directly
direct or participatory democracy
a government in which leaders make decisions by winning a competitive struggle for the popular vote
representative document
persons who possess a disproportionate share of some valued resource, like money or power
elite
view that the government is dominated by capitalists
Marxist view
view that the government is dominated by a few top leaders, most of whom are outside of government
power elite view
view that the government is dominated by appointed officials
bureaucratic view
the belief that competition among all affected interests shapes public policy
pluralist view
the right to exercise power is vested in governmnetal office
formal authority
those who have formal authority include
the president, a senator, and a federal judge
an effort to see whether a new, more powerful federal government could be made legitimate
the Constitutional Convention of 1787
majority denying rights and freedoms to minorities
tyrannical majority
what is aristotle's definition of democracy?
the rule of many
Other names for direct democracy
Direct, Participatory, Aristotelian
Other names for indirect/representative democracy
Representative democracy and elitist theory of democracy

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