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POLS 207 Test #1 NotesYou cannot escape government Conservative (republican)- Roman CatholicThe Policymaking systemHow policy comes into being and evolves over timeBegins with the peopleoIssuesoConcernsoProblemsIncludes linkage institutionsoPublic opinionoMediaoPolitical partiesoInterest groups oElectionsPolicymaking institutionsoState legislature- makes lawsoExecutive and Bureaucracy- implements policiesPresident is in charge of itoJudiciaryPoliciesoFiscal- taxing and spending, management of governmental monetaryTwo biggest categories for each state:oEducation- spend more money on medicate than on educationoSocial ServicesPeople determine if policies are working by voting.Elections matter!Texas Political CulturePolitical cultureoBroadly shared values, beliefs, and attitudes about how government and society should functionPolitical culture in U.S. States, according to political scientist Daniel Elazar:oMoralistic-government holds man in the search for the good societyoIndividualistic-limited government for self-interestoTraditionalistic- government is for the eliteTexas is a mix of individualistic and traditionalistic:oLow tax, low serviceoDominated by business and special interestKey TermsGovernment- the institutions that make authoritatively binding decisions for societyPolitics- the process through which these decisions are made oHarold Laswell- who (people) gets what, when (timing), and how (participation)Comparative Study of States and Communities
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