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What is the meaning of Political science?

The systematic study of government and politics

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What is the meaning of Politics?

The process through which a society settles its conflicts

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What is the meaning of Power?

The ability of persons, groups, or institutions to influence political developments

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What is the meaning of Democracy?

A form of government in which the people govern, either directly or through elected representatives

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What is the meaning of Majoritarianism?

The idea that the majority prevails not only in elections but also in policy determination

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What is the meaning of Pluralism?

A theory of American politics that holds that society's interests are substantially represented through power exercised by groups

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What is the meaning of Authority?

The recognized right of officials to exercise power as a result of the positions they hold

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What is the meaning of Constitutionalism?

The idea that there are definable limits on the rightful power of a government over its citizens

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What is the meaning of Judicial action?

The use of courts of law as a means by which individuals protect their rights and settle their conflicts

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What is the meaning of Free Market?

An economic system based on the idea that government should interfere with economic transactions as little as possible. Free enterprise and self-reliance are the collective and individual principles that underpin free markets

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What is the meaning of Corporate power?

The power that corporations exercise in their effort to influence government and maintain control of the workplace

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What is the meaning of Elitism?

The notion that wealthy and well-connected individuals exercise power over certain areas of public policy

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What is the meaning of Public policies?

Decisions by government to pursue particular courses of action

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What is the meaning of Political thinking?

The careful gathering and sifting of information in the process of forming a knowledgeable view about a political issue