Political ScienceTest 2 Flashcards Table View


Liberals 17 percent of population -19% of registered voters - differ from other groups in that the are strongly pro-environment & pro-immigration- Highly educated-Follow Current events more often than other groups
Conservative Believe in: personal responsibility, limited government, free market, Strong national defense
Pluralist Democracy A theory of American Democracy emphasizing that the policy making process is very open to the participation of all groups with shared interests, with no single group usually dominating. Pluralists tend to believe that as a result, public interest generally prevails.
Elite Theory A theory of American Democracy contending that an upper-class elite holds the power and makes policy, regardless of the formal governmental organization
Hyper-pluralism Theory A theory of American democracy contending that groups are so strong that Gov., which gives i to the many different groups, is there by weakened.
Focus Group - it is a formal way politicians understand public views
Media - Agenda Setting Function Media is a key player in setting the government's agenda.- Elites use media to raise issues
Party Identification A citizens self-proclaimed preference for one party or the other
Electoral College A unique american institution, created by the Constitution, providing for the selection of the president by electors. Although the electoral college vote usually reflects a popular majority, less populated states are overrepresented and the winner-take-all vote concentrates campaigns on close states
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