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Democracy and Early American Politics 8/22 Lecture Outline Definitions of Politics Diversity, yet Share Core Values Democracy
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POLITICS
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Politics is. . . Classic definition: Politics is about governmental decisions that determine who gets what, when, and how. Are there problems with that definition?
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Politics is… Updated definition of politics: “Politics is a means through which individual and group interests compete to shape government’s impact on society’s problems and goals.”
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Politics as a Game Players Resources Written and unwritten rules Strategies Winners and losers
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Land of Diversity, Yet Stable Democracy Religious Racial Ethnic Economic Age
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Immigration and Racial/Ethnic Diversity Before Europeans, Native American tribes; 17 th th centuries: Western Europeans and Africans;
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Immigration and Racial/Ethnic Diversity 19th century: southern and eastern Europe, China, Japan, Ireland, and Germany; Cold War: emphasis shifted to include refugees from communist countries; 21 st century: Mexican, Chinese, and Indian immigrants
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