Demos + kratia (together means people rule) Indirect democracy we the people elect others to make all of our political decisions (also called representative democracy) Direct democracy we the people get to make political decisions (pass laws, legislature) Who gets what, when, and how (harold lasswell) Allocation of resources that will benefit community/society, resolution of conflicts, how we influence one another. System of government in which there are two tiers of government (such as federal government and state level) Government the vehicle through which policies are made and affairs of state are conducted. Public policy course of action shaped by officials in response to the demands of the public. Political opinion your expressed attitudes about government and politics. Public polls series of questions people get asked expressing their opinions on a variety of government/politics. Game metaphor comparing politics to games, whose team is doing good etc.