📚

All Subjects

 > 

🏛️ 

AP Gov

 > 

🐘

Unit 4

4.8 Ideology and Policy Making

1 min readjune 7, 2020

Isabela Padilha Vilela


AP US Government 🏛️

Bookmarked 7.3k • 231 resources
See Units

Citizens and Policy Making 

American citizens cannot directly choose the policies of the government. But, through the process of voting, citizens choose politicians that mostly align with their ideology and who will supposedly represent their position through policies. 
Nevertheless, citizens can also find ways to participate in this process, such as: 
  • Joining Interest groups - Interest Groups are important organizations that maintain a democracy by encouraging political participation and allowing citizens to express their opinions. 
  • Communicating with politicians - Politicians are supposed to be the representatives of their people, and citizens can contact them in order to communicate their concerns. 
  • Confronting legislators - By interacting with legislators, groups and individuals can better express their opinions and exercise their right of political participation. 
  • Becoming politicians - Running for office is a possibility for all citizens who meet the important requirements to become candidates.

Was this guide helpful?

Fiveable logo
Join Fiveable for free
Create a free account to bookmark content and compete in trivia
Hours Logo
Studying with Hours = the ultimate focus mode
Start a free study session
Browse Study Guides By Unit
✍️Exam Skills (MC, FRQ)
✍️Free Response Questions (FRQ)
✏️Frequently Asked Questions
🧐Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
🏛Unit 1: Foundations of American Democracy
⚖️Unit 2: Interactions Among Branches of Government
Unit 3: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
🐘Unit 4: American Political Ideologies and Beliefs
🗳Unit 5: Political Participation
FREE AP gov Survival Pack + Cram Chart PDF
Sign up now for instant access to 2 amazing downloads to help you get a 5