Introduction ang - Legitimacy Coercive Force Rules Matter...

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Lecture 1 – Chapter 1 How do we define politics? Harold Lasswell – who gets what, when and how In other words – politics arises from conflict Politics in a general sense is everywhere Wilson - The activity generated by the conflict over who will run the government and what decisions it will make. Sources of Conflict Material Scarcity – not enough to go around Values - marriage It is out of this need to manage conflict that government arises – institutions are developed which have the authority to make binding decisions over society Government serves as means to manage conflict Does this by making rules – structural rules Policy Rules Government enforces decisions 2 ways
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Unformatted text preview: Legitimacy Coercive Force Rules Matter Helps determine who wins Who wins can often shape the rules Democracy & Federalism What is a democracy? Direct Democracy – where the people can participate in making governmental decisions – (referendums, town meetings) Representative Democracy – the people choose the people who make decisions for them – Congress; President – Interesting – the number and types of representative that we have American Democracy -focus on individualism and equality-majority rule but concerned with minority rights-elections, free speech, participation, information...
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course PS 110 taught by Professor Scottj.lasley during the Spring '08 term at Western Kentucky University.

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