topic 1 part 1

topic 1 part 1 - TOPIC 1: PART 1 THE PROMISE OF DEMOCRACY...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–3. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
TOPIC 1: PART 1 THE PROMISE OF DEMOCRACY I. THE GENERAL NATURE OF DEMOCRACY A. Politics and Government 1. What Is Politics? a. Harold Lasswell (1938): “who gets what, when and how” b. David Easton (1953): “authoritative allocation of values” c. Both say same thing: all societies must have some way to: (1) Resolve conflict about what people want, and (2) Make collective decisions that are binding on the entire society. 2. What Is Government? a. Government: The institution that has authority to make binding decisions for the entire society. b. Other institutions make decisions to resolve conflicts—e.g., churches. But cannot use force. c. Government unique—legitimate use of coercion, including imprisonment and death, to enforce its decisions. d. Several basic forms of government (2) Oligarchy: small elite, based on wealth, status, or military, make decisions.
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
(3) Democracy: all people have opportunity to participate in making binding decisions. We practice democratic politics.
Background image of page 2
Image of page 3
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course POLS 206 taught by Professor Someonethatwasjusttryingtogettheirdoctorate during the Spring '06 term at Texas A&M.

Page1 / 4

topic 1 part 1 - TOPIC 1: PART 1 THE PROMISE OF DEMOCRACY...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 3. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online