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Chapter 1 Notes - Chapter 1: The Logic Of American Politics...

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Chapter 1: The Logic Of American Politics Politics is the process through which individuals and groups reach agreement on a course of common or collective action- even as they disagree on the intended goal of that action The constitution of a nation establishes its governing institutions and the set of rules and procedures these institutions must follow to reach and enforce collective agreements A government consists of institutions and the legally prescribed process for making and enforcing collective agreements. Government may assume various forms, including a monarchy, a representative democracy, a theocracy or dictatorship. 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 A prisoner’s dilemma arises whenever individuals decide that even though they support some collective undertaking, they are personally better off pursuing an
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