Conflict - Conflict can be dealt with quickly, slowly, or...

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Conflict can be dealt with quickly, slowly, or not at all (some conflicts can be indefinite and ongoing) In instances where national communities are so internally divided and no enduring settlement can be achieved, the result is often a stalemate, civil war, or dictatorship Governments exist to facilitate deliberation, cooperation, and consensus Deliberate in the hope of moving towards cooperation and eventually consensus Government also exists to defuse and moderate conflict in its borders Inherently negative assumption about human nature that we are prone to conflict and put our self-interests above all Life in humanity’s natural state is “nasty, brutish, and short” - Thomas Hobbes Conflicts are political to the extent that governments are somehow involved National communities deal with conflicts authoritatively by means of a government Governments are the instrument used by national communities to address instances of conflict within their society
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course POL 155 taught by Professor Richardson during the Spring '08 term at Northeastern.

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