Politics.Ch1.F10

Politics.Ch1.F10 - Politics and Government (Ch. 1) Why...

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Politics and Government (Ch. 1) Why study politics? What is politics? the process of transforming conflict into compromise “who gets what, when and how” (Lasswell) Sources of political conflict : 1) Scarcity of resources 3) Different perceptions about the role of government: Government : The formal structure of institutions (Congress, Courts), laws, and procedures (elections) through which we govern ourselves What is the purpose of government? provide public goods nation’s largest employer oversees nation’s economy controls most powerful military regulates social and commercial activities Political Efficacy: the belief that citizens can affect what government does Classifying governments : Government by One : a utocracy Rule by a single individual 1) Monarchy: inherits power (ex, king, queen, emperor) 2) Dictatorship - power is gained through force authoritarianism totalitarianism Government by a few Oligarchy - rule of a few powerful elite Government by many
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