Skip to main content Skip to Search Box
Bkpolsci
A clear and lively introduction to the terminology of political science for students and general readers. The book comprises rigorous definitions and explanations of key terms, including short biographies of the most eminent writers in the discipline - both classical (eg Mill) and modern (eg Hayek).
Author(s): Frank Bealey
Edition: 1st
Articles: 1,084
Images: 1
People: 97

Articles

All A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Results per page
All(1084)
absentee voting

This procedure is used in many countries when a voter is unable to go to the poll because of age, business obligations, or other reasons....

absolutism

A term used to describe monarchic rule which has no limitations. It can be regarded as the ancient form of authoritarianism . Hence in Europe...

abstention

Strictly speaking this means a deliberate decision not to vote; but it has come to be applied to all non-voters. Purposeful abstainers are...

accountability

A common synonym for this term is responsibility . A government or elected person is accountable in two ways. First, to be accountable is to...

act

See bills . ...

activists

An activist is a person who is much more active in politics than the average citizen. Sometimes the French word 'militant' is used. The term...

additional member system

An electoral system used in Germany for the Bundestag. Half the members are elected in single-member constituencies by first-past-the-post ...

administration

The act of administering something to someone, perhaps medicine, involves doing them a service. Administrators who serve the public are often...

administrative board

A committee which takes joint responsibility for administration. In British government this has not resulted in ministers avoiding...

administrative elites

Modern states will have extensive public services. Consequently they will have large numbers of public servants. Many of these will be...

administrative law

Administrative law is largely concerned with the exercise of power by the organs of the state. This distinguishes it from constitutional law...

administrative tribunals

These bodies have become an important part of the British system of administrative justice. It is possible to divide them into two categories....

adversary politics

The term was first used by the late S.E. Finer to describe the British situation where two major parties confront one another in hostile...

advice and consent

This phrase is taken from the United States Constitution Article II, section 2, clause 2, which refers to two situations in which the...

affirmative action

A term used first in the USA to describe the policy of compensating groups disadvantaged either by public authorities or by private employers....