9.05 - THE POLITICAL SYSTEM Politics is the process whereby...

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9/5/06 THE POLITICAL SYSTEM Politics is the process whereby binding value allocations are made for a collectivity Working Assumptions: 1. All collectivities will have a political system (a means to allocate scarce values among its members) 2. The process of making value allocations can be broken down into basic elements that are similar in all collectives 3. The common elements will be linked with each other in similar ways David Easton’s model – Basic Components of a Political System Inputs: 1. Environment 2. Demands 3. Conversion 4. Outputs (decisions, policies, laws) 5. Support 6. Feedback Environment Input: demands, support, gatekeepers Conversion of above (feedback) Output: decisions, policies, laws (Ex…raw materials -> demand, support for materials -> feedback of people -> political system’s decisions, policies, laws 1. Demands: people don’t want all wants to go through this political system; 2. Gatekeepers: filter human desires…allowing some to be politicized as demands (ex.
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