PSC 101: Chapter 1

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  1. Political Efficacy:
    belief that citizens can affect the government
  2. Citizenship:
    enlightened political engagement, involvement in public discussion/events
  3. Government:
    formal institution through which a land and its people are ruled
  4. Autocracy:
    a form of government in which a single individual rules
  5. Oligarchy:
    a form of government in which a small group controls most of the governing decisions
  6. Democracy:
    a system of rule that permits citizens to play a significant part in the government process
  7. Constitutional Government:
    a system of rule in which formal and effective limits governmental power
  8. Authoritarian Government:
    a system of rule in which government has no formal limits, but restrained by social institutions
  9. Totalitarian Government:
    a system of rule in which government has no formal limits and eliminates any social institutions that may challenge it.
  10. Politics:
    conflict over the leadership, structure, and policies of government
  11. Representative Democracy/Republic:
    a system of government in which the populace selects representatives, who play a significant role in governmental decision making.
  12. Direct Democracy:
    a system of rule that permits citizens to vote directly on laws and policies.
  13. Pluralism:
    the theory that all interests are and should be free to compete for influence in the government.
  14. Political Culture:
    broadly shared valves, beliefs, and attitudes about how the government should function.
  15. Limited Government:
    a principal of constitutional government
  16. Laissez-Faire Capitalism:
    an economic system in which the means of production and distribution are privately owned and operated with no governmental interference.
  17. Equality of Opportunity:
    a widely shared American ideal that all people should have the freedom to use whatever talents and wealth they have to reach their fullest potential.
  18. Political Equality:
    the right to participate in politics equally
  19. Popular Sovereignty:
    a principal of democracy in which political authority rests in the hands of the people

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