random sample: A group, chosen by poll takers, that is representative of the universe that is being polled.

realigning elections: Elections which may lead to a basic shift in the party identification of the electorate.

reapportionment: The drawing of new boundary lines for legislative districts based on the results of a census of the population.

redistributive policy: A public policy that takes something away from one person and gives it to someone else.

reference group: A group whose views serve as guidelines to an individual�s opinion.

regulatory agencies: Government agencies that exercise quasi-judicial and quasi-legislative powers. They are administratively independent of both the President and Congress (although politically independent of neither).

representative democracy: A democracy in which leaders are elected to speak for and represent the people.

revenue sharing, general: Federal grants to state and local communities, distributed by formula with few or no strings about how the money is to be used.

riders: Provisions tacked on to a piece of legislation that are not relevant to the bill.

right to work laws: State legislation designed to outlaw the union shop, passed by twenty states acting under Section 14B of the Taft-Hartley Act.

roll-call vote: A method of voting in a legislature in which all members present at a session must vote, and their positions become a matter of public record.

royal colonies: Colonies controlled by the British king through governors appointed by him and through the king�s veto power over colonial laws.

rule: A measure from the House Rules Committee, which sets the terms of the debate for a bill, the time to be allowed for discussion on the floor of the House, and the extent to which the bill may be amended on the floor.

   

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