03 Political System - THE POLITICAL SYSTEM Politics is the...

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THE POLITICAL SYSTEM THE POLITICAL SYSTEM
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Politics is the process whereby binding value allocations are made for a collectivity.
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Working Assumptions All collectivities will have a political system (a means to allocate scarce values among its members). The process of making value allocations can be broken down into basic elements that are similar in all collectivities The common elements will be linked with each other in similar ways.
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Basic Components of a Political System ENVIRONMENT DEMANDS CONVERSION OUTPUTS (Decisions, Policies, Laws) SUPPORT FEEDBACK inputs
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ENVIRONMENT ENVIRONMENT Conversion Feedback Feedback I N P U T Demands Support [gatekeepers] Decisions Policies Laws O U T P U T POLITICAL SYSTEM
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“Gatekeepers” Cultural One function of culture is to define what type of want is appropriately treated as a subject of value allocation by the political system . Structural
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2008 for the course POL SCI 2 taught by Professor Price during the Fall '07 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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