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1 Chapter 1 Introduction Why should learning about American Government be important to you? Presidents Vice Presidents Cabinet Members Supreme Court Justices Senators Representatives Introduction Why should learning about American Government be important to you? 293,000,000 (US pop. in 2000) = % of the population represents everyone
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2 Introduction 2004 – George W. Bush wins with % of the popular vote. But, only % of the eligible voters voted. So really only % of the population voted for So really, only Bush. Or said another way, % did NOT vote for Bush. Introduction “Politics” “The struggle over power or influence within organizations or informal groups that can grant or withhold benefits or privileges.” Write: . “Government” The institution in which decisions are made that resolve conflicts or allocate benefits and privileges. It is unique because it has the ultimate authority within society.” Write: Political Values in Gov’t Order. Liberty. . Authority. . Legitimacy. . Sovereignty .
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3 Forms of Gov’t Totalitarian Regime . Authoritarianism . Aristocracy . Democracy . Forms of Democracy Direct Democracy The people . Examples of processes of direct democracy. *none of the above exist on the national level for the US. Forms of Democracy Representative Democracy Also known as a “ Sovereign power rests with . Political decisions are by the people indirectly, via . “Liberal Democracy” A democracy that guarantees for its people
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4 Forms of a representative democracy Presidential system Where the executive and legislature are .
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