AP U.S. Government

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Study the key concepts and institutions of the political system and culture of the United States with these comprehensive AP U.S. Government and Politics flashcards, compiled using top textbooks, test banks, tutors, and practice exams. Study online or in Brainscape’s mobile app and get ready to score a perfect 5!

From the foundations of American democracy to civil liberties, civil rights, and American political ideologies and beliefs, Brainscape has distilled the entire AP U.S. Government and Politics curriculum down into a comprehensive collection of over 600 digital flashcards. These have been neatly organized into 18 topical decks that you can study anytime, anywhere via the Brainscape website or app for Android or iOS. All your progress will automatically sync between devices.

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Decks in this class (18)

Foundations of the U.S. Government
Beginning with Greco-Roman principles of democracy through the Articles of Confederation system, this deck examines the underpinnings of the American political system.
27  cards
The Constitution
This deck covers America’s most important governing document, the Constitution. Important concepts such as the separation of powers, checks and balances, and the Constitution’s structure are examined.
47  cards
Federalism
The constitutional division of powers between federal and state governments is a hallmark of the American political system. Study how the federalist system developed, the varying types of federalism, and how federalism operates today.
26  cards
Public Opinion
Study the factors that shape public opinion and how those factors influence political decision-making and outcomes.
18  cards
Political Participation
Learn the principles underlying political participation and how those principles affect political behavior.
24  cards
Political Parties
Some of the most important institutions in the American political system are political parties. This deck examines the history, nature, and function of political parties in the U.S. political system.
32  cards
Campaigns and Elections
The Constitution instituted elections as a regular function of the American political system. Important concepts such as voting rights, political campaigns, primaries, and balloting are covered in this deck.
36  cards
Interest Groups
Interest groups play an ever increasing role in the American political landscape. This deck examines what interest groups are, what they do, and how they influence political decision-making.
25  cards
The Media
Discover how the mass media evolved and developed into a powerful linkage institution connecting the citizenry to the government.
37  cards
Congress
From fewer than 75 members in 1789, the U.S. Congress has grown to 435 members today. This deck examines Congress’ constitutional role, how legislation is enacted, and Congress’ organizational structure.
53  cards
The Presidency
The role of the President in the American political system has grown exponentially since the days of George Washington. This deck describes the powers and privileges of the Presidency, its Constitutional underpinnings, and the role the President plays in the American political system.
38  cards
The Bureaucracy
Pundits have said that “the bureaucracy is expanding to meet the needs of the bureaucracy.” This deck describes the growth, function, and role played by the bureaucracy.
51  cards
The Judiciary
The American judiciary operates as a dual court system. Learn about how the judiciary is structured, how it works, and its decision-making powers.
39  cards
Civil Rights
Each American is granted fundamental civil rights under the Constitution. This deck examines these rights, the Constitutional guarantees, and the Supreme Court cases that have shaped the modern understanding of civil rights.
21  cards
Civil Liberties
This deck traces judicial interpretations of American civil liberties such as freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and the rights of minority groups and women, and the effect of those decisions on the American people.
55  cards
Domestic and Economic Policy
Increasingly, Americans have looked to the federal government to lead the way on domestic and economic policy. This deck reviews the fundamental domestic and economic concerns of the federal government and how government policies are transformed into action.
62  cards
Foreign and Military Policy
As the world’s sole remaining superpower, the United States plays a unique role on the global stage. This deck examines how the federal government has translated foreign policy challenges into concrete decisions and actions overseas.
33  cards
U.S. Presidents
Test your ability to identify all of the United States Presidents.
86  cards

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