Chapter 2 - Chapter 2 Politics o Process by which people...

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Chapter 2 Politics o Process by which people pursue collective goals and deal with their conflicts authoritatively by means of government Democracy vs. authoritarianism o Democracy- people have right to determine who governs them Elect principal governing officials and hold them accountable for their actions. Impose legal limits on authority by guaranteeing rights and freedoms o Authoritarian- dictatorship Places governing authorities over people Extreme: totalitarians Run by religious authority is theocracy Political process o Bargaining o Coercion What are some sources of political conflict? Power o Question of who has power in society is a question of political power o Balance of power: If no group has dominance o Forms of political power: dominance and influence o Democracy based on power sharing Resources o Natural resources ignite conflicts o Political economy: relationship b/w politics and economy o Controlled planned economy: government owns and operates whole economy o Authoritarian: prone to restrict freedoms of private enterprises
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This note was uploaded on 02/28/2011 for the course POLISCI 001 taught by Professor Norris during the Spring '11 term at GWU.

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Chapter 2 - Chapter 2 Politics o Process by which people...

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