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  1. Federalism
    • a way of organizing a nation so that two or more levels of government have foraml authority over the same land and people
    • system of shared power between units of government
  2. political action committee (PAC)
    a private group that raises and distributes funds for use in election campaigns
  3. third party
    a party that organizes to compete against the two major American political parties
  4. interest group
    a group of people organized around a shared belief or mutual concern who try to influence the government to make policies promoting their belief or concerns.
  5. freerider
    one who enjoyes the benefits of collective goods bud did not participate in acquiring them
  6. lobbyists
    a group that attempts to influence the policy process though persuasion of government officials.
  7. grassroots lobbyists
    a lobbying campaign in which a group mobilizes its membership to contact government officials in support of the group's position
  8. political socialization
    the process by which we develop our political values and opinions through out our lives
  9. public opinion
    the public's expressed views about an issue at a specific point in time
  10. random sampling
    a scientific method of selection for a poll in which each member of the population has an equal chance at being included in the sample
  11. sampling error
    also called margin of error; a statistical calculation of the difference in results between a poll of a randomly drawn sample and a poll of the entire population
  12. push polls
    a special type of poll that both provides information to campaigns about candidate strengths and weakness and attempts to skew public opinion about a candidate
  13. agenda setting
    determination by Congress of which public issues the government should consider for legislation
  14. What are interest groups and what is lobbying?
    • Organizations trying to achieve at least some of their goals with government assistance
    • “special interests”
    • Lobbying – the efforts of interest groups to influence government 
  15. why do people join interest groups?
    • Political goals or a cause
    • Economic Reasons
    • Social Benefits
    • “Coercion” (ex. state bar associations) 
  16. What are some ways govt. officials can assess public opinion?
    • Tracking polls
    • Tele polls
    • Internet polls
    • Push polls – "...if you knew he was ___ would you vote for him in the next election?" 
  17. What are 5 types of interest groups?
    • Private: seek economic benefits for their members
    • Business: most numerous and powerful
    • Labor: principal competitor with business
    • Economic/social justice/rights issues
    • Single issue vs. multi-issue
  18. Why do we have primaries and what are the 2 types?
    • closed primary – limits participation to those who are registered with the party
    • open primary – voters can vote in either party’s primary 

    • **Primaries/caucuses held in each state to pick national party convention delegates.
    • **Winners of each state primary get all or most of the delegates.
  19. What is the Electoral College and how does it work?
    • System for election of U.S. president
    • Candidates needs 270 electoral college votes
    • Each state gets votes = # of Reps + # of Senators
    • In most states the candidate with most popular votes gets ALL electoral college votes
    • Encourages campaigning in bigger and “swing” states 

    • ****Nebraska and Maine are exceptions; all others are Winner Take All
    • Nebraska: winner of electoral votes gets 2 votes from DC.***
  20. What are parties and what do they do?
    • Organizations between government and people
    • Recruit, nominate and elect people to office
    • Organize people ideologically
  21. What are 527's and why are they significant?
    • 527 groups or organizations are types of tax-exempt organizations after “Section 527” of the U.S. IRS Code. They are created primarily to influence the selection, nomination, election, appointment or defeat of candidates to public office at any level.
    • No upper limits on contributions to 527’s and no restrictions on who may contribute. There are no spending limits on these organizations; however, they must register with the IRS, publicly disclose their donors, and file periodic reports of contributions and expenditures.
    • Run by interest groups and used to raise money to spend on issue advocacy and voter mobilization outside of the restrictions PAC’s.
  22. Money in Politics
    • It deters the recruitment of good candidates
    • Average Senate race costs almost $7M and House race is almost $1M
    • Money helps win elections and is necessary for candidate legitimacy, but other factors influence also who wins elections
    • Money buys access, can sway votes in Congress and influence the executive
  23. Framing
    The influence on public opinion caused by the way a story is presented or covered, including details, explanations, and context offered
  24. Mass Media
    Sources that provide information to the average citizen, such as newspapers, television, radio stations, and websites
  25. Priming
    The influence on the public's general impressions caused by positive or negative coverage of a candidate or issue
  26. 527 Groups
    a tax-exempt group focused primarily to influence elections through voter mobilization efforts and issue ads that do not directly endorse or oppose a candidate. Unlike PACS, 52's are not subject to contribution limits and spending caps
  27. Party Identification
    A citizen's loyalty to a specific political party
  28. Divided Government
    A situation in which the House, Senate, and Presidency are not controlled by the same party
  29. Turnout
    The percentage of voting-aged population who cast a ballot in a given election
  30. Electoral College
    The body that votes to select America's president and vice president based on the popular vote of each state. Each candidate nominates a state of electors who are selected to attend the meeting of the college if their candidate wins the most votes in a state or district
  31. Free riding
    The practice of relying on others to contribute to a collective effort while failing to participate on one's own behalf, yet still benefiting from the group's successes
  32. Free Rider Problems
    • Many people benefit from interest groups without joining or showing support.
    • ex: Civil Rights helping everyone even if they weren't involved.
  33. Executive Order
    A formal order issued by the president to direct action by the federal bureaucracy 
  34. Judicial Review
    power of supreme court to declare laws and actions of local, state, or national government unconstitutional
  35. What is media and give some examples:
    • Where we get political ideas and information
    • Examples: TV, Newspapers, Internet, and Radio

  36. Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
    • Equal time rule
    • Right of rebuttal - individuals must be given the right to respond to personal attacks made on radio or television
    • fairness doctrine
  37. How does media influence the public opinions about politics?
    • Agenda Setting
    • Framing
    • Priming
  38. PAC - Political Action Committees
    a way for groups to give money legally to politicians
  39. Realignment
    • occurs when there is a major shake up of the party or when their party loses domination 
    • another party wins
  40. Dealignment
    • shift of people from one party to another
    • split party - no dominant parties
  41. Why is it difficult to conduct telephone surveys?
    Not many people have home phones anymore. Technology has made it difficult because of cell phones.
  42. Why people vote:
    • pressure
    • care/duty
    • they affect government
    • history/habit
    • excited/support
  43. Why people don't vote:
    • apathy
    • dislike options
    • knowledge
    • helplessness
    • illness
    • incidental
  44. How do interest groups shape public opinion?
    Interest groups shape public opinion by using the media, staging demonstrations and protests, and using outside lobbying.
  45. Voter turnout 
    Voter turnout has decreased compared to voting in the 1960's.
  46. Lobbying
    • Outside lobbying - activities directed at the general public to raise awareness and interest and to pressure officials.
    • Inside lobbying- appealing directly to lawmakers and legislative staff either in meetings, by providing research and information, or by testifying at committee hearings. 
  47. random digit dialing
    phone numbers dialed randomly across the country
  48. What affects public opinions?
    • income
    • race
    • gender
    • education
  49. Political Ideology
    The set of underlying orientations, ideas, and beliefs through which individuals come to understand and interpret politics
  50. Selection Bias
    A polling error that arises when a sample of public opinion overrepresents or underrepresents some opinions
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2012-12-12 17:48:58
Government Political Science

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