delegates: The men and women formally entitled to select the presidential nominees of the two major parties at their party�s presidential nominating convention.

demands: What people and groups want from the political system

democracy: Rule by the people

deregulation: The elimination or reduction of government regulation of industry.

desegregation: The process of ending separation of persons by race.

d�tente: A relaxation of international tensions.

deviating elections: Elections in which the majority party (according to party identification) is defeated in a temporary reversal.

direct mail fund raising: A technique to raise money directly from the public with the aid of computerized mailing lists.

discharge petition: A petition which can be filed by a majority of House members in order to dislodge a bill from any House committee.

distributive policy: A public policy that benefits everyone.

double jeopardy: More than one prosecution for the same offense. Prohibited by the Constitution.

Dred Scott decision: A ruling by the Supreme Court in 1857 - reversed by the Fourteenth Amendment in 1868 - that black Americans were not citizens under the Constitution.

dual federalism: The concept - accepted until 1937 - of the federal government and the states as competing power centers, with the Supreme Court as referee.

due process of law: A phrase, contained in the Fifth and Fourteenth amendments, that protects the individual against the arbitrary power of the state. Substantive due process means that laws must be reasonable. Procedural due process means that laws must be administered in a fair manner.

   

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