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BALL STATEPOLS 237Dr. Pamela M. SchaalFall

POLS 237 Chapter Notes - Chapter 14: Solitary Confinement, Racial Profiling, Community Policing

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Stop and frisk: a police tactic that allows police officers to stop, question, and search citizens under a set of narrowly defined circumstances. Racia
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BALL STATEPOLS 210Steven R. HallFall

POLS 210 Chapter Notes - Chapter 3: Abortion-Rights Movements, Anti-Abortion Movements, Contingency Table

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The first goal of the political research is to define and measure concepts. Three stages in the measurement process: clearly defining the concept to be
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BALL STATEPOLS 210Steven R. HallFall

POLS 210 Chapter Notes - Chapter 2: Perfect Sense, Operational Definition, Skewness

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The operational definition of a concept provides a blueprint for its measurement. Variables provide the raw materials for describing and analyzing the
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BALL STATEPOLS 237Dr. Pamela M. SchaalFall

POLS 237 Chapter Notes - Chapter 1: Cartogram, Neutering, Positive Force

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Comparative method: a learning approach based on studying the differences and similarities among similar units of analysis (such as states. ) Variance:
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BALL STATEPOLS 237Dr. Pamela M. SchaalFall

POLS 237 Chapter Notes - Chapter 15: Aid To Families With Dependent Children, Temporary Assistance For Needy Families, Managed Care

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Medicaid: a joint state and federal health insurance program that serves low-income mothers and children, the elderly, and people with disabilities. Te
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BALL STATEPOLS 237Dr. Pamela M. SchaalFall

POLS 237 Chapter Notes - Chapter 4: Severance Tax, Progressive Tax, Budget Process

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Budget deficits or shortfalls: cash shortages that result when the amount of money coming into the government falls below the amount being spent. Reven
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BALL STATEPOLS 237Dr. Pamela M. SchaalFall

POLS 237 Chapter Notes - Chapter 3: Supermajority, Jim Crow Laws, Bicameralism

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Direct democracy: a system in which citizens make laws themselves rather than relying on elected representatives. Electorate: the population of individ
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BALL STATEPOLS 237Dr. Pamela M. SchaalFall

POLS 237 Chapter Notes - Chapter 13: No Child Left Behind Act, Common Core State Standards Initiative, National Education Association

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No child left behind act (nclb): federal law enacted in january 2002 that introduced new accountability measures for elementary and secondary schools i
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BALL STATEPOLS 237Dr. Pamela M. SchaalFall

POLS 237 Chapter Notes - Chapter 2: Equal Protection Clause, Nikki Haley, Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act

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Federalism: political system in which national and regional governments share powers and are considered independent equals. Unitary systems: political
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BALL STATEPOLS 237Dr. Pamela M. SchaalFall

POLS 237 Chapter Notes - Chapter 7: Supermajority

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Override: the process by which legislature chambers vote to challenge a gubernatorial veto; often requires a supermajority vote of two-thirds. Veto: a
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BALL STATEPOLS 293Teh-ChuangFall

POLS 293 Chapter Notes - Chapter 1: International Political Economy, Nationstates, Focus Group

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International relations: the study of interactions among states, as well as the international activities of non-state organizations. International poli
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