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PS102Lecture1 - What Is Political Science? Political...

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What Is Political Science? Political Science 102 Introduction to Political Inquiry Lecture 1
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Political Science Politics Process by which groups of people make decisions Power is a central concept Weber: State defined as the monopoly on the legitimate use of force Science System for acquiring knowledge – the scientific method Set of principles for data collection, measurement, analysis and publication Political Science is the application of the scientific method to questions of politics
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What Do Political Scientists Study? The realm of “political” phenomena is vast and ever expanding… Different Levels of Government Different kinds of actors Individuals, groups, organizations, governments Different kinds of decision making processes Authority, consent and bargaining, violence and coercion
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Why Care About the Science of Politics? Citizens are confronted by political claims and arguments on a daily basis The Iraq War – Can Saddam be deterred? Health Care – Is public insurance effective?
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This note was uploaded on 10/21/2011 for the course POL SCI 102 taught by Professor Gelpi during the Spring '11 term at Duke.

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