GED Social Studies : Interest Groups

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for GED Social Studies

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Example Questions

Example Question #7 : Civics And Government

In return for providing financial assistance to the Senator during his congressional campaign a prominent business man is able to get his son a position within the Department of Education. This arrangement is known as __________.

Possible Answers:

political patronage

the Coattail Effect

None of these answers is correct.

meritocracy

the Reverse-Income Effect

Correct answer:

political patronage

Explanation:

Political patronage is the term used to describe the granting of favors, passing favorable legislation, or making government appointments in exchange for financial support during a campaign. Meritocracy is fairly close to being the opposite, as it is a system whereby only the most qualified and skilled person is able to get a job.

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