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Defining Politics “Politics is the process of who gets what, when, and how.” Harold Lasswell
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Lasswellian Definition "Politics is the process of who gets what, when, and how." politics = allocation wealth status power values (resources) scarcity Politics is a process of allocating scarce values.
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Defining Politics, con’t. "A political system can be designated as those interactions through which values are authoritatively allocated for a society ." (David Easton) "A political association exists if . .. the enforcement of its order is carried out continually within a given territorial area by the application and threat of physical force." (Max Weber) COLLECTIVITY
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Politics allocates scarce and valued resources for a collectivity.
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Defining Politics, con’t. "A political system is any persistent pattern of human relationships that involves . .. power , rule , or authority ." (Robert Dahl) "A political association exists if . . . . its order is carried out . ..by the application and threat of physical force ." (Max Weber) DECISIONS ARE MADE BINDING
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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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