Vocabulary Terms

Factors associated with policital ideology, efficacy, structural barriers, and demographics influence the nature and degree of political participation.

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Conservative ideology
A set of political values unified against government economic interference, but in favor of government social regulation
Liberal ideology
A set of political values expressing support for economic intervention by governments, but also for less social regulation
Libertarian ideology
A set of political values in favor of limited government in multiple realms, including economic and social.
A middle position within an ideological spectrum, often holding beliefs from multiple perspectives
Political ideology
The unifying set of beliefs that individual people hold about what government should and shouldn't do with and for people
Political polarization
The extent to which a group of people (voters or elected officers or governments) are driven to extreme sets of political beliefs and away from the center.