Vocabulary for American Politics and Society

The number means the reading in which the word is first seen.

(1) = Reading 1: Limited versus Active Government in an Uncertain Age

(2) = Reading 2: Federalism and the U.S. Constitution

(3) = Reading 3: American Political Parties

(4) = Reading 4: Interest Groups

(5) = Reading 5: Voting and Elections

(6) = Reading 6: The Mass Media in American Politics


Reading 1:
federal
limited government
paradox
ambivalent
abortion
recession
antipathy
gross domestic product
redistribution
Congress
Senate
House of Representatives
The Bill of Rights
school prayer

Vocabulary Practice Quiz 1

Reading 2:
federalism
confederation
unitary government
dual federalism
states' rights
cooperative federalism
commerce clause
mandates
grants
separation of powers
checks and balances
veto
probable cause
grand jury
double jeopardy
self-incrimination
due process
eminent domain

Vocabulary Practice Quiz 2

Reading 3:
single-member district
winner-take-all election
proportional representation
party platform
plank
constituents
partisan
bi-partisan
interest groups
political action committee (PAC)
political machines
caucus
slate
congressional campaign committee
ideological party
one-issue party

Vocabulary Practice Quiz 3

Reading 4:

interest group
lobby
influence peddling
trade association
ideological interest group
direct mail
revolving door
iron triangle (or cozy triangle)

Reading 5:

incumbent
primary election
closed primary
open primary
runoff election
Federal Election Campaign Act (1971)
soft money
poll taxes
literacy tests
grandfather clause
suffrage
universal manhood suffrage
midterm elections
exit polls

Reading 6:

broadcast media
print media
yellow journalism
tabloid press
muckrakers
"fireside chats"
political agenda
public opinion
government watchdog
press release
spin
on background
off the record
leaks
opinion polls
"horse race"
sound bite
negative advertising
infomercial
Pentagon Papers
prior restraint
fairness doctrine