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American Government: American Government: Processes and Policies Processes and Policies An Introduction
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Introduction Introduction Define government and politics Define Democracy Discuss theories of democracy Rational choice theory
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Government Government The institutions and processes through which public policies are made for society. This definition leads to two basic questions: How should we govern? What should government do? Governments typically provide services, collect taxes, and maintain order
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Politics Politics The process by which we select our governmental representatives and what policies they produce. Politics produces authoritative decisions about public issues. Agreement through compromise and bargaining Also consider Lasswell’s definition: Who gets what, when and how. Politics in a democracy concerns who participates and how.
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Democracy Democracy A system of selecting policymakers and of organizing government so that policy represents
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This note was uploaded on 02/08/2011 for the course PSCI 1050 taught by Professor Johnson during the Spring '07 term at North Texas.

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