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9-6 - Chapter 1 NEVER IS THERE A SINGLE EXPLANATION FOR A...

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9/6/2010 Chapter 1 “NEVER IS THERE A SINGLE EXPLANATION FOR A POLITICAL PROBLEM” Causal Questions (Sarah Palin Discussion) Never is there one reason for a political phenomena Media makes it seem like there is only one simple reason as to why No simple answers All we can ask is, “What else?” o Search for Plausible Alternative Explanations Correlation vs. Causation E.g. “There is a direct (+) relationship between ice cream and crime” (Correlation) o Spurious relationship (Doesn’t make sense) Correlation does not equal Causation Politics Defines “ Individual and Collective Efforts to Influence the Workings of Government” Alternative is Anarchy (Calvin and Hobbs) o “The State of Nature” No Rules, or System of Guidance Once we give up We get the Civil War “Monopoly of a legitimate use of Force” System of Government Presidential System and Rights are Central to American Government o Democracy “Rule by Many” Not all are the Same
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