Focal Concepts 2 - PS103 U.S. Political Systems Dr. Mitchel...

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PS103 Dr. Mitchel Gerber U.S. Political Systems FOCAL CONCEPTS SHEET TWO: PUBLIC GOODS 1. Basic Operative Significance of Public Goods Public or collective goods are identified as this programs or services provided by government (in the U.S., at any level or branch) for the benefit of all citizens (e.g., clean air, highways, and defense). 2. Two Broad Categories of Public Goods or Collective Goods 3. National Security & B) Human Resources/Social Welfare Programs are identified as the two fundamental areas of significant public goods. National security in the twenty-first century, particularly in the context of acts and potential threats of terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (e.g., chemical, biological and nuclear weaponry) is analyzed as a vitally significant public good. Human resources or social welfare programs focus on domestic services provided by government that fulfill basic human needs (e.g., education, housing, healthcare, nutrition). 3. A Brief Historical Analysis of Presidential Interpretations of Public Goods Some twentieth century and contemporary presidents (F.D.R., Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, and Clinton) prefer the language of public and collective goods in their presidential rhetoric (i.e., major speeches); while other twentieth century and contemporary presidents (Reagan, George, H.W.Bush, and George W. Bush) reject such language for
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course PS 103 taught by Professor Gerber during the Spring '08 term at Southeast Missori State University.

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Focal Concepts 2 - PS103 U.S. Political Systems Dr. Mitchel...

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