PSC 101: Chapter 8
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political activities, such as voting, contacting political officials, volunteering for a campaign, or participating in a protest, whose purpose is to influence government.
A strategy by which organized interests seek to influence the passage of legislation by exerting direct pressure on members of the legislature.
An attempt, usually through the use of paid consultants, to establish a favorable relationship with the public and influence its political opinions.
A lawsuit or legal proceeding; as a form of political participation, an attempt to seek relief in a court of law.
Participation that involves assembling crowds to confront a government or other official organization.
The right to vote; also called franchise
The percentage of eligible individuals who actually vote.
American Political Community:
Citizens who are eligible to vote and who participate in American political life.
A distinctive pattern of voting behavior reflecting the differences in views between women and men.
Status in society based on level of education, income, and occupational prestige.
A sense of concern among members of the political community about public, social, and political life, expressed through participation in social and political organizations
The process by which large numbers of people are organized for a political activity.
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