PS 2 Lecture 9-9-08 - relate. This is feedback. Can gather...

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Political Science 2 Lecture September 9, 2008 Support is willingness to abide by decisions, according to Easton. Specific support: Support based on cost/benefit analysis. Insufficient for political stability since: Conversion of demand-output takes time. Scarcity exists. Diffuse support: Attachment to system for its own sake. Provides a store of goodwill. Three levels of political system, according to Easton. Officials (Easton says “Authorities” but Price rejects): Office holders. e.g. Senator. Regime: Constitutional order, rules, political institutions. e.g. the Senate. Community: The collectivity, members of the political system. Level of support in each is independent. Loss of support for regime => Revolution usually. Loss of support for community => Civil war usually. Loss of support for officials => Remove the people. e.g. Vote out Congresspeople in the U.S. Each system has political leaders, Easton assumes. They see how demands/support/outputs
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Unformatted text preview: relate. This is feedback. Can gather this info from: Public opinion polls, intelligence agencies, the media. System dynamics of demand, output, and support relationship. Demand overload: Demand > output => Loss support. Occurs due to: Too many demands for regime to process. Insufficient resources available to the system. An existing pattern of resource allocation causing inequality. Political leaders react to feedback to bolster support for the political system. Can increase specific support. Make value allocations beneficial to a group. Or can increase coercion. Can increase diffuse support. Requires good feelings about regime and/or community. e.g. Sports. Countries can take pride when their team does well, more support. e.g. In U.S., politicians congratulate winning sports teams. Tap into good feeling....
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This note was uploaded on 09/16/2008 for the course POL SCI 2 taught by Professor Price during the Fall '07 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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