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13.6: Key Terms

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    Arab Spring
    a movement across the Arab world in the early 2010s seeking to expand democracy
    authority
    the permission, conferred by the laws of a governing regime, to exercise power
    blasphemy
    insulting speech or publications about a religion or its tenets
    broad legitimacy
    the trait a government has of being seen by the broad population subject to its authority as rightfully exercising its power
    bully pulpit
    the potential power of the president to influence legislators and the broad population
    charismatic legitimacy
    the accumulation of legitimacy through forceful leaders whose personal characteristics captivate the people
    civil disobedience
    the nonviolent refusal to follow authorized exercises of governmental power with the purpose of demanding political change
    coalition government
    an alliance of individual parties that by themselves do not have the support of the majority of a parliament but that, by agreeing to work together, can form a team of ministers that can acquire the support of the majority of parliament
    failed state
    a condition where a state has collapsed so thoroughly that the area it once ruled experiences the absence or near absence of governmental power altogether or becomes an empty shell ruled by an unauthorized group
    federalism
    a regime type that authorizes a national government to exercise some powers and governments whose laws cover only a small region, such as a state or province, to exercise other powers
    Fidesz
    an ideologically conservative, nationalist party that enjoys popular support in Hungary
    fragile state
    a condition where the capacity of a state to exercise control over an area such that it can provide minimal conditions of law, order, and social stability deteriorates to a precariously low level
    governing regime
    a set of organizations, and their associated rules and procedures, that has the authority to exercise the widest scope of power—including the power to have the final say over when the use of force is acceptable—over a defined area, and which seeks to exercise its authority with legitimacy
    hard authoritarianism
    the condition where a regime acts without any consultation with the broad majority of citizens
    head of state
    a political leader who represents the unity of the country
    Hindu nationalism
    a political movement that sees India as an inherently Hindu country
    Juche
    the North Korean regime’s ideology of national self-reliance
    judgments about legitimacy
    the perspective of individual citizens or groups of citizens who make determinations about whether their government is or is not legitimate
    Knesset
    the unitary national parliament of the State of Israel
    manufactured consent
    support for a regime that results from state programs and activities designed to indoctrinate the people and instill that support
    monopoly on the right to use violence
    a government claim to the right to use violence or to approve its use by others
    police state
    a state that uses its police or military force to exercise unrestrained power (see also: security state)
    political freedom
    the freedom to participate in a meaningful way in democratic elections that can shape the actions of one’s government
    power
    the ability to impose one’s will on others to secure desired outcomes
    propaganda
    misleading statements and depictions meant to persuade by means other than rational engagement
    rational-legal legitimacy
    a type of legitimacy that develops as a result of the clarity and even-handedness with which a regime relates to the people
    rightfulness
    the property a constitution, law, policy, or electoral outcome has of being morally appropriate and consistent with basic justice and social welfare
    rule of law
    a condition where states operate within clearly defined legal rules
    security state
    a state that uses its police or military force to exercise unrestrained power (see also: police state)
    shadow government
    an organization, not authorized or desired by the government asserting rule over an area, that effectively displaces and serves the same function as the official government
    soft authoritarianism
    a condition where a regime affirms its right to rule apart from consultation with or approval from the public but nevertheless frequently seeks the input of the people and frequently attempts to advance what the people desire
    Supreme Leader
    in Iran, an office vested with ultimate political authority that must be held by a Shi‘a cleric of the Twelver school who is respected among the leading clerics of Iran; in North Korea, the popular name used for the nation’s most powerful leader
    theocracy
    a system of government in which religious leaders have authorized governmental power and possess either direct control over the government or enough authorized governmental power to be able to control the government’s policies
    third wave of democratization
    a movement that began in the 1970s that saw democratically accountable structures of government emerge in Spain, Portugal, South Korea, and, somewhat later, in Latin American countries such as Chile
    traditional legitimacy
    a form of legitimacy that accrues when the governing regime embraces traditional cultural myths and accepted folkways
    unicameral
    a legislative body that has only one house or chamber
    unitary system
    a system of government in which all major electorally accountable officials are responsive to the entire citizenry and make and enforce laws for the entire country (often with the exception of minor local-level matters that are handled by locally elected assemblies)

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