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The Logic of American Politics Politics arises from the need to choose among alternatives when differences make it impossible for all people to get what they want. Thus choices breed conflict. What is in conflict?
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The Logic of American Politics Politics is the process through which individuals and groups reach agreement on a course of common or collective action -- even as they continue to disagree on the goals that action is intended to achieve .
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The Logic of American Politics Successful politics almost always requires Bargaining Compromise Preferences are the “givens”
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The Logic of American Politics The more people involved in the political process, and as issues become more complex and divisive, unstructured negotiation generally fails. What can overcome this? Effective political institutions.
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Constitutions and Governments Nations can be thought of as organizations. Most organizations require some form of rules or procedures to guide an it’s members in making essential political decisions. Political decisions are those in which the participants initially disagree about what they would like the organization to do.
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Constitutions and Governments But nations have more difficulty making political decisions. Why?
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Constitutions and Governments A constitution of a nation establishes its governing institutions and the set of rules and procedures these institutions must (and must not) follow to reach and enforce collective agreements.
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Constitutions and Governments A government consists of those institutions and the legally prescribed process for making and enforcing collective agreements.
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Power versus Authority Government institutions consist of offices that confer on their occupants specific authority and responsibilities .
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