U.S. Government - Chapter 1 Notes

U.S. Government - Chapter 1 Notes - Chapter 1 The Political...

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Chapter 1 – The Political Landscape – Notes 1. What government is and why we need it Governments are made up individuals and institutions and are the vehicles through which policies are made and the affairs of the state are conducted. Why do we need government? o Several of the Framer’s of the U.S. Constitution believed that the major function of government was creating mechanisms to allow individuals to solve conflicts in an orderly and peaceful manner Governments have many functions including: o Establishing justice. o Ensuring domestic tranquility. o Providing for a common defense. o Promoting the general welfare o Securing the blessings of liberty In U.S. context, most government functions are included in the preamble of the Constitution. Governments take many different forms and depending on the number who rule as well as whose interests are represented 2. The roots of American government Was the result of philosophy, trial and error, and even luck. The American political system was based on several notions that have their
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2008 for the course EM 001 taught by Professor Hays during the Fall '08 term at Gustavus.

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U.S. Government - Chapter 1 Notes - Chapter 1 The Political...

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