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PSC 002 With Sides - Politics is the process through which...

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Politics is the process through which individuals and groups reach agreement on a course of common, or collective, action- even as they may continue to disagree on the goals that action is intended to achieve. Success at politics almost invariably requires bargaining and compromise. The constitution of a nation establishes its governing institutions and the set of rules and procedures these institutions must (and must not) follow to reach and enforce collective agreements. A government, then, consists of these institutions and the legally prescribed process for making and enforcing collective agreements. Authority is the acknowledged right to make a particular decision. Power refers to an officeholder’s actual influence with other officeholders, and as a consequence, over the government’s actions. Institutions remain stable and resist change for several reasons. 1. Established institutions persist well beyond the tenure of the individuals who occupy them. 2. The people whose lives are affected by them make plans on the expectation that current arrangements will remain. 3. Even those who want change typically find it hard to agree on a proposed alternative. Coordination
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