PSC 101: Chapter 8

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PSC 101: Chapter 8
2010-11-01 13:51:41
UNLV political science

This covers key concepts and key words from chapter 8
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  1. Political Participation:
    political activities, such as voting, contacting political officials, volunteering for a campaign, or participating in a protest, whose purpose is to influence government.
  2. Lobbying:
    A strategy by which organized interests seek to influence the passage of legislation by exerting direct pressure on members of the legislature.
  3. Public Relations:
    An attempt, usually through the use of paid consultants, to establish a favorable relationship with the public and influence its political opinions.
  4. Litigation:
    A lawsuit or legal proceeding; as a form of political participation, an attempt to seek relief in a court of law.
  5. Protests:
    Participation that involves assembling crowds to confront a government or other official organization.
  6. Suffrage:
    The right to vote; also called franchise
  7. Turnout:
    The percentage of eligible individuals who actually vote.
  8. American Political Community:
    Citizens who are eligible to vote and who participate in American political life.
  9. Gender Gap:
    A distinctive pattern of voting behavior reflecting the differences in views between women and men.
  10. Socioeconomic Status:
    Status in society based on level of education, income, and occupational prestige.
  11. Civic Engagement:
    A sense of concern among members of the political community about public, social, and political life, expressed through participation in social and political organizations
  12. Mobilization:
    The process by which large numbers of people are organized for a political activity.