Week 1: Politics and Knowledge I. What is Politics? - Politics is the exercise of power - Politics is the public allocation of things that are valued - Politics is the resolution of conflict - Politics is the competition among individuals and groups pursuing their own interests - Politics is the determination of who gets what, when and how Politics is the process through which power and influence are used in the promotion of certain values and interests . Politics is always present when there is public significance Politics through government: - how much education is good for us - what kind of education is enough - how much money you have to give to the government - how this money should be spent II. Sources of Political Knowledge Where do we get our political knowledge: - family - friends - television - books and newspapers - teachers - politicians
Competing claims about the political world Political science is a set of techniques, concepts and approaches whose objective is to increase the clarity and accuracy of our understanding of the political world.
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