Test 1 - POLS 207-502 Sunday 3-4pm HECC 202 Monday 6-7pm...

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POLS 207-502 Sunday 3-4pm HECC 202 Monday 6-7pm HECC 202 Thursday 6-7pm HECC 202 Three Tests Only on Recent material 40 multiple choice questions Questions from text and lectures Political Facts VS. Political Beliefs. Majority Rule o Don’t need majority votes to win anything. Minority Rights 09/01/2011 POLS 207 The most important ideas in the course Individuals vs. Groups o Aggies are small groups. Winning vs. Losing o If everybody participates you will ALWAYS lose. Today vs. Tomorrow o Anglo used the majority but not anymore now Hispanics are dominating. o Everyone is a minority, there are no majorities. Definitions of Politics Politics is concerned with the authoritative allocation of values (Easton) o Value means anything that involves value like money, love, and power, anything that you value. o Allocation as in distribution. .like some have more and some have less. o Original distribution. Political endeavor seeks to bring about a maximum degree of change in the opposing group with a minimum of change in one’s own group. (Deutsch) An Aggie definition of politics It is better to win big than to win small. It is better to win small than to lose small. It is better to lose small than to lose big. In order to win big you have to lose sometimes. Why government is necessary: Market Failure.
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Difficult or impossible to control who receives benefits. Consumption by one does not seem to reduce benefit available for others. American Political Philosophy Individuals are important. Organizations should benefit individuals. Advantages to multiple levels of government. Efficiency Equity o Matching up people who pay with the people who benefit with the governments source. Participation Protection Against Tyranny Choice 09/06/2011 Scientific Study of Politics Scientific Method o Focus on Empirical World. Subject Matter: Human Social Behavior Natural Sciences and Social Sciences (diff is Experimental Control) Agreement on Basic Concepts Data validity and Reliability Data measurement Error The Hard Sciences 09/08/2011 Population increases but the employment stays the same. Employment in Texas has increased after Perry became the governor. State government and Local government vary greatly across the state. America is a Metropolitan nation. Overall being in based on how they say. Texas had middle per capita personal income. ($34,000 to $38,000) o Southern states tend to have lower income. o OK and KY not in Federal states because they were not considered states. o Texas has greater wealth and poverty.
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Southern states have higher poverty Average than others. o
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This note was uploaded on 09/25/2011 for the course POLS 207 taught by Professor Peterson during the Spring '07 term at Texas A&M.

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Test 1 - POLS 207-502 Sunday 3-4pm HECC 202 Monday 6-7pm...

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