bail: An amount of money �posted� with the courts as security in exchange for a defendant�s freedom until the case comes to trial.

balancing test: The view of the majority of the Supreme Court that First Amendment rights must be weighed against the competing needs of the community to preserve order.

bandwagon effect: The possible tendency of some voters or convention delegates to support the candidate who is leading in the polls and seems likely to win.

bicameral legislature: A two-house legislature.

bill of attainder: A law aimed at a particular individual

Bill of Rights: the first ten amendments to the Constitution (sometimes defined as only the first eight or nine amendments), which set forth basic protections for individuals.

binding rule: Requires all delegates of national conventions to vote, on the first ballot, for the presidential candidate under whose banner they were elected.

bipartisanship: A view that both major political parties should broadly support the President on foreign policy issues.

block grants: Federal grants to state and local communities that are for general use in a broad area, such as community development.

Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas: Ruling by the Supreme Court in 1954 that racial segregation in public schools violated the Fourteenth Amendment�s requirement of equal protection of the law for individuals.

budget resolutions: Overall spending targets set by the Congress.

bureaucrats: Public administrators.

   

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