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1 Political Science 100 Intro to Government Monday August 27, 2007 An Introduction to Government/Why do people have government? - What is government? o Government – the structure and process through which rules or policies are authoritatively determined for society as a whole. o State – a human community which successfully claims within a territory the legitimate use of physical force. o Authority – the recognized right of an individual organization or institution to exercise power. o Power – the ability of persons or institutions to control policy. - How does government affect your life? o Government plays a subtle role in everyday life TV – channels, news, etc. Shower – water regulation, standards Food regulations Bus/roads o Protection from foreign threat o Public safety Police Fire protection o Physical infrastructure Schools Highways Utility management Electricity Water and sewage Natural gas Telephone o Legal infrastructure Contracts Laws and practices o Consumer protection Food safety Product safety Interest rate disclosure Corrupt business practices Certification of professionals Air travel o Environmental protection o Disaster assistance
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2 o Economic manager Interest rate, money supply Trade rules – work rules Ownership decisions - What are the main functions of government? o Protection o Promotion of the common good o Problem solving o Conflict resolution - Who tends to run government? o Majoritarianism The control of public policy by the majority of the adult population o Pluralism The competition between various groups for influence over public policy relevant to their interests o Elitism The control of public policy across a variety of policy domains by a small group of individuals o Bureaucratic Rule The control of public policy by career bureaucrats – a kind of bureaucratic elitism Wednesday August 29, 2007 Annual Salary Assessment What do you think they should make? 1. Assembly Line worker – 30 2. Auto Mechanic – 45 3. Cashier at Fast Food Restaurant – 20 4. Elementary School Teacher – 50 5. Janitor – 30 6. Lawyer – 70 7. Medical Doctor – 150 8. Office Secretary – 35 9. Plumber – 40 10.CEO of large company 100 American Political Culture - How different should income be? - Wealth o What constitutes wealth in a society? Sources of wealth Human resources Natural resources Existing wealth Governmental infrastructure
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3 o How wealthy is the US? o What role does the government play in creating and destroying wealth? Regulating the economy Education - Why did North America develop as it did? o
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