Political Science Glossary, Get to know the meanings of important terms.

Public – An activity or service that is meant for all people in the country and is mainly organised by the government, which includes services like schools, hospitals etc. People can demand and raise questions about their non-functioning.

Private – An activity or service that is organised by an individual or company for their won profits.

Universal adult franchise – A very important aspect of democratic societies. It means that all adults citizens have the right to vote irrespective of their social or economic background.

Dignity – Refers to thinking of oneself and other persons as worthy of respect.

Constitution – This is a document that lays down the basic rules and regulations for people and the government in the country to follow.

Constituency – A particular area of which all the voters living there choose their representatives.

Opposition – Refers to elected representatives who are not the members of the ruling party and who play the role of questioning government decisions and actions as well as raise new issues for consideration in the Assembly.

Civil Rights Movement – A movement that began in the USA in the 1950s in which African-American people demanded equal rights and an end to racial discrimination.

Press Conference – A gathering of journalists from the media who are invited to hear about and ask questions on a particular issue and are then  expected to report on this to the larger public.

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