PS 2 Lecture 9-4-08

PS 2 Lecture 9-4-08 - ■ Conversion The processing of...

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Political Science 2 Lecture September 4, 2008 Finish the important terms: Nation: A large group or community from which members derive a basic political identity and towards which they devote great loyalty. Older times, people felt closer to village than state. Most states today are multi-national. Multi-national states are usually less stable. Are ethnic groups in the U.S. Nations? Price says no, people maintain both ethnic and national identities. Political systems Assumptions: All collectivities will have political systems. Political systems can be broken down into basic elements. Common elements will be similarly linked. Easton's elements of political systems: Environment: Aspects of the collectivity not directly related to politics. Demands: The wants of the people that they insist the government deal with.
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Unformatted text preview: ■ Conversion: The processing of these demands into policies. ■ Outputs: Decisions, policies, laws. Can change environment. ■ Support: Compliance of people with govt. Gatekeepers filter wants. 2 main types: ■ Cultural: Defines who type of wants should be dealt with by government. (e.g. Laugh at the candidate promising more sex for the masses) ■ Structural: Institutions that filter wants. Three of them: Media: They need to see the want as credible. Political parties: Coordinate political actions. Push for wants they support, filter out those they oppose. Easton said “legislatures” but Price disagrees. Support is compliance. Two types: ■ Specific Support: Based on cost/benefit analysis and personal interest. Insufficient for political stability. CLASS ENDS...
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