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August 30, 2007 1. Basic definitions Politics Power Government 2. The political system – the means for resolving conflict over values. This teacher (Billica) likes the paper to be written as if the audience has no clue what the hell I’m talking about. What is politics? Who gets what, when, and how. A process of determining how power and sources are distributed in a society without recourse to violence. Power: The ability to get other people to do what you want Government : The mechanism developed to address and control problems that we can’t address as individuals. Basic Government Roles: 1. Maintaining social order Legal processes Police powers 2. Providing national security Diplomatic channels Military powers 3. Providing collective goods Benefits shared by all Why Politics?
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Unformatted text preview: Politics is recognition that social decisions almost always involve conflict over values. How do we go about deciding what kinds of things government should do? Political-social environment 1. Problem perception – people need to perceive that a problem exists and that government has a role in addressing that problem. 2. Policy conception – proposing solutions to identified problems. 3. Agenda setting – communicating the proposed solution to decision-makers and gaining access for influence. 4. Decision making- institutional processes for making policy decisions. 5. Political execution – implementation of policies, or putting policy decisions into effect. 6. Political impact – assessment of both positive and negative impacts of a policy, including feedback into problem perception....
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