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Understanding American Politics Chapter 1 Political Science 1301-161 Prof. Nokken
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Public Attitudes About Politics People Negatively Predisposed Toward Politics. Why? Complexity Difficult Subject Matter, Little Information Ex. Tax Code, Debt Limit, Medicare Reform, Deficit Conflict Politics Defined in Large Part by Disagreement, Argument, and Conflict. Necessitates Trade-offs & Compromises
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Public Opinion of Congress
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Why Do We Need Government? Maintain Order Important Constitutional References “ensure domestic tranquility” “provide for the common defense” Ensure Protection of Rights Justice For Citizens Checks Power of Government Itself Tyranny of the Majority Protection from Special Interests or “factions”
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Why Government?
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