30 R - POLS 206-508 R Introduction to Government I What is Government II What do Governments do III Limited Government/Liberalism Introduction to

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POLS 206-508 R 8/30/07 Introduction to Government I. What is Government? II. What do Governments do? III. Limited Government/Liberalism Introduction to Government I. What is Government? Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) wrote Leviathan in 1651 during English civil war—if you don’t have government, every man will be enemy to every man; a “state of nature”. It’s easy to be suspicious of government when it is stable. Rowanda = collapsed state; similar to state of nature, no trust w/o government Government : the institutions that make authoritative decisions for any given society (could apply to any government) To govern means “to control”. Believed that you gave up EVERYTHING for government (all rights) II. What do Governments do? A. The oldest task: maintain order—protect life and property. Governments must have some sort of force to do this (laws) Governments use their coercive power Ex: make us follow trafficking laws by putting cops out on streets Can range from College Station to tanks running over protestors
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This note was uploaded on 04/04/2008 for the course POLS 206 taught by Professor Someonethatwasjusttryingtogettheirdoctorate during the Fall '06 term at Texas A&M.

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30 R - POLS 206-508 R Introduction to Government I What is Government II What do Governments do III Limited Government/Liberalism Introduction to

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