Key Terms

Key Terms

the situation in which groups of legislators all agree to vote for a package of otherwise unrelated laws that they individually favor
median voter theory
a theory that politicians will try to match policies to what pleases the median voter preferences
pork-barrel spending
spending that mainly benefits a single political district
rational ignorance
the theory that rational people will not vote if the costs of becoming informed and voting are too high, or because they know their vote will not be decisive in the election
special interest groups
groups that are small in number relative to the nation, but are well organized and thus exert a disproportionate effect on political outcomes
voting cycle
the situation in which a majority prefers A over B, B over C, and C over A