Political Science

Political Science - Political Science 5/24/10 The study of...

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Political Science 5/24/10 The study of systems and government and the actions of government within and among nations Two goals: 1. Study the general principles of the organization of government (political theory) 2. Examine how current systems of government are operating Research Methods 1. Analyze historical trends 2. case studies 3. interviews 4. simulation (game theory) Politics: 1. the process by which individuals or relatively small groups attempt to exert influence over the actions of an organization Resposibilities of Government 1. maintain order and security (hobbes) 2. maintain justice (aristotle) 3. safeguard the social contract (hobbes) 4. regulate actions of citizens (with laws) Major Political Theorists Confucius 1. Leaders should not show contempt for others 2. character of leaders determines character of government 3. leaders should give encouragement 4. leaders should not profit from government service (emaugument) ** Hobbes 1. The social contract 2. People obey the laws in exchange for homeland security
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This note was uploaded on 11/19/2010 for the course BIOLOGY 93 taught by Professor O during the Spring '08 term at San Diego.

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Political Science - Political Science 5/24/10 The study of...

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