Government lecture 1

Government lecture 1 - An Introduction to Government Why Do...

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An Introduction to Government Why Do People Have Government? 1. What is government? A. Government is the structure and processes through which rules or policies are authoritatively (determined for society as a whole. Set of rules that we operate under. Legitimacy—people are assigned to certain tasks. People go along with government because of legitimacy and respect. B. A state is a human community which successfully claims within a territory the legitimate use of physical force (and political force). Ex: Iraq is/is not a government/state. They aren’t “legitimate”. Patterson : Authority is the recognized right of an individual organization or institution to exercise power. Power is the ability of persons or institutions to control policy. 2. How does government affect your life? Example: Alarm clocks & time--Government sets regulates time and the rules, do we questions them? No one questions that there should be limitations. Example: The water in a shower is regulated by the government as well as the structure
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This note was uploaded on 12/10/2010 for the course POLI 100 taught by Professor Rabinowitz during the Fall '07 term at UNC.

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Government lecture 1 - An Introduction to Government Why Do...

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