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Notes 1 - Notes 1 Background Government the procedures and...

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Notes 1 Background Government – the procedures and institutions (such as elections, courts, and legislatures) by which people govern and rule themselves. Politics – the process by which people decide, at least in our system of government, who shall govern and what policies shall be adopted. Politicians – the people who fulfill the tasks of an operating government. Political science – the study of the principles, procedures, and structures of government and the analysis of political ideas, institution, behavior, and practices. Because people do not think alike, we engage in democratic politics to decide who should make our laws and hold government offices Constitutional Democracy Is Not a Spectator Sport Government by the people requires faith concerning our common human enterprise, but a healthy skepticism is needed as well. Constitutional democracy requires us to be constantly concerned about whether we are being tolerant and protective of the rights and opinions of others, and whether our democratic processes are, in fact, serving the principles of liberty, equality, and justice.
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