a question regarding the factors responsible for a particular outcome in the political world.
a relationship between two or more factors such that change in one is accompanied by change in the other (s).
a relationship between two or more variables such that change in the value of one variable is directly responsible for change in the value of the other(s).
a relationship between two or more variables that reflects correlation but not causation.
a form of government in which the people rule. this can take place directly, through participation by the people in actual lawmaking, or indirectly, through free elections in which the people choose representatives to make laws on their behalf.
a form of government in which a single person rules with effectively unlimited power.
a form of democracy in which the people themselves make the laws and set the policies adopted by the government.
a form of democracy in which the people, through free elections, select representatives to make laws on their behalf and set policies adopted by the government.
a form of democracy in which there is a foundational document (such as the U.S. Constitution) that describes the structure, powers, and limits of government.
a political system in which the head of the executive branch is selected by some form of popular vote and serves a fixed term of office. the United States has a presidential system.
a political system in which the head of the executive branch is selected by members of the legislature rather than by popular vote.
the values and beliefs of citizens toward the political system and toward themselves as actors in it.
the institutions that have the authority and capacity to create and enforce public policies (rules) for a specific territory and people.
an agreement among members of a society to form and recognize the authority of a centralized government that is empowered to make and enforce laws governing the members of that society.
authoritarian (or totalitarian) system
a political system in which a single individual or political party has absolute control over the apparatus of government, and in which popular input in government is minimal or non-existant.
goods (and services) that are enjoyed by all citizens and unlikely to be provided by any organization other than government.
individual and collective efforts to influence the workings of government.
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