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Unformatted text preview: Political Science 1040 Chapter 1: Democracy and Government, the Basics “Democracy is the worst form of government…except all those other forms of government that have been tried from time to time.” – Sir Winston Churchill Attitudes toward Democracy vs. Attitudes toward Government • We regard democracy as something that is desirable and good • We regard government with suspicion- as a necessary evil- “If men were angels, no government would be necessary” – James Madison Government Defined • Max Weber’s Definition- A monopoly on the legitimate use of force- In other words; the only entity that we accept as rightfully using force to maintain order. Four Functions of Government- Protects citizens from unlawful activity (police use force to protect)- Regulates social and economic relationships (banks and currency, protection against hate speech)- Provides services (public schools)- Defends the country from aggression Definition of Democracy- From the Greek root ‘kratein’ : rule or strength...
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This note was uploaded on 02/07/2011 for the course POLI SCI, 1040 taught by Professor Elizabeth during the Fall '09 term at North Texas.
- Fall '09