AP Government Summer Vocab

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  1. An adherent or supporter of a person, group, party, or cause, especially a person who shows a biased, emotional allegiance.
    Partisan
  2. representing, characterized by, or including members from two parties or factions
    bipartisanship
  3. A political or social philosophy advocating the freedom of the individual, parliamentary systems of government, nonviolent modification of political, social, or economic institutions to assure unrestricted development in all spheres of human endeavor, and governmental guarantees of individual rights and civil liberties.
    liberalism
  4. The disposition to preserve or restore what is established and traditional and to limit change
    Conservatism
  5. Of or pertaining to moderates, as in politics or religion
    Moderate
  6. Members of a liberal or radical political party, or those favoring extensive political reform.
    Left Wing
  7. Members of a conservative or reactionary political party, or those opposing extensive political reform.
    Right wing
  8. A person who advocates liberty, especially with regard to thought or conduct.
    Libertarianism
  9. A form of government in which all power is vested in a few persons or in a dominant class or clique; government by the few.
    Oligarchy
  10. A class of persons holding exceptional rank and privileges, especially the hereditary nobility.
    Aristocracy
  11. an elite group of people whose progress is based on ability and talent rather than on class privilege or wealth.
    Meritocracy
  12. The body of persons entitled to vote in an election.
    Electorate
  13. That part of the economy which is run by private individuals or groups, usually as a means of enterprise for profit, and is not controlled by the state.
    The Private Sector
  14. At its most basic level, provides a framework for thinking about whether or not the government should participate in economics markets and to what extent its role should be.
    The Public Sector
  15. A document stating the aims and principles of a political party
    Political Platform
  16. Is the right to vote gained through the democratic process.
    Franchise
  17. To differ in sentiment or opinion, especially from the majority; withhold assent; disagree
    Dissent
  18. A set of policies or issues to be addressed or pursued by an individual or group; also, a set of underlying motives for political policy
    Political Agenda
  19. A command or authorization to act in a particular way on a public issue given by the electorate to its representative.
    Mandate
  20. Holding an indicated position, role, office, etc., currently
    Incumbent
  21. In this voting system the single winner is the person with the most votes; there is no requirement that the winner gain an absolute majority of votes.
    Plurality
  22. Majority of opinion
    Consensus
  23. A group of persons who work or conduct a campaign to influence members of a legislature to vote according to the group's special interest.
    Lobbying
  24. Government by many bureaus, administrators, and petty officials.
    Bureaucracy
  25. The act of pleading for, supporting, or recommending; active espousal
    Advocacy
  26. The holding by one person of two or more offices at the same time.
    Pluralism
  27. A learned person, expert, or authority; a person who makes comments or judgments, especially in an authoritative manner; critic or commentator.
    Pundit
  28. A group of voters who almost always support a single party's candidates for elected office.
    Political Base
  29. a combination or alliance, especially a temporary one between persons, factions, states
    Coalation
  30. The common or ordinary people, especially as contrasted with the leadership or elite of a political party, social organization, etc.; the rank and file.
    Grass Roots

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