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Survey american government exam 2
voting decides who rules, but it only indirectly influences?
specific policy actions
the way the US Electoral College is set up, it gives more weight and representation in elections to?
large population states
Today the _______ have largely replaced conventions as the means of selecting nominees for public office
what Supreme Court ruling struck down campaign advertising limits for corporations, non-profits, and unions?
Brown vs. FEC
Since the civil war republicans have traditionally held the edge in each election cycle in
this occupies more of a candidate's time than any other
the quote "a hundred men acting uniformly in concert, with a common understanding, will triumph over a thousand...
does not mention political parties
the elections of 1860, 1896, and 1932 are each considered to represent ___, a process in which the minority party may emerge as the majority party
Today the ____ have largely replaced conventions as the means of selecting nominees for public office
what statement best sums up the view of many of the founding fathers regarding political parties?
they saw them as a threat to good government and the common good
which of the following statements is not accurate
Third parties usually avoid taking bold stands on issues, because third parties are trying to be all things to all people
according to the pluralist theory of american democracy, politics is a contest among various?
organizations from this special interest has been traditionally the most powerful and influential in american politics
business and trade
when a special interest group attempts by organizations or by individuals to influence the passage, defeat, or contents of legislations...
the term "revolving door" explains?
how government officials cash in on their contacts and access after leaving government office
this special interest has seen its influence and power decline since the 1970's
while the "right to petition the government" and "freedom of speech" are found in the bill of rights, interest groups...
they connect people to politics and get them involved
A bill in the USA cannot become a federal law unless it has been
passed in identical form by both the house and the senate
the biggest change during the 20th century in national policy making was
congress ceded its leadership role to the president
gerrymandering is when
the party in power attempts to redraw election districts to favor their party
most of the real work in congress get done by
the "one person, one vote" rule that emerged from the supreme court's decision in Wesberry vs. Sanders means that
congressional districts must have equal populations so that one person's vote counts as much as another's vote
because of advantages such as fund raising ability, access to the media, and names recognition, ____ are more likely than ___ to win congressional elections
the job of creating and authorizing government department and agencies is the domain of?
the ultimate authority to review bureaus actions are in the hands of?
the agencies themselves; they are independant
the 15 executive departments, which are directly accountable to the ___ are the major service organization of the federal government
independent regulatory agencies like the EPA
are sub-agencies of independent executive agencies...
the civil service reform act of 1883 established the principle of government employment on the basis of
merit through open, competitive examinations and expertise
one idea for reforming the government bureaucracy is ____, which means turning over certain types of government work to the private sector
the founders envisioned the president as being the leader of?
policy initiation and direction
the founders did what regarding presidential powers
spelled out few actual limits on executive power
all federal judges are nominated by
this allows the president to make laws while skipping congressional approval
in his role as ___, the president can handle national emergencies during peacetime, such as riots or natural disasters.
criticism of the president's role in Vietnam war led to the passage of the ____ in 1973
war powers resolution