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power

The ability of one person to get another person to act in accordance with the first person's intentions

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authority

the right to use power

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legitimacy

Political authority conferred by law or by a state or national constitution

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democracy

the rule of many

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direct or participatory democracy

A government in which all of most citizens participate directly

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representative democracy

A government in which leaders make decisions by winning a competitive struggle for the popular vote

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elite

Persons who possess a disproportionate share of some valued resource, like money or power

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Marxist View

View that government is dominated by capitalists

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Power elite view

View that the government is dominated by a few top leaders, most of whom are outside of the government

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Bureaucratic view

View that the government is dominated by appointed officials

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Pluralist View

the belief that competition among all affected interests shapes public policy