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8/16/11 1 The Logic of American Politics Chapter 1 Why have government at all? We could have anarchy, but it’s likely that this would lead to violence. Government protects property, both within a person and external to a person.
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8/16/11 2 Anarcho-Syndicalist-Commune Other options Power could come from divine right, as above. It could come from might – the commander of the army. But in this class we’re primarily going to be concerned with Democracy in America.
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8/16/11 3 Problems government must solve We have to make choices about allocating scarce resources. These choices will cause conflict, because people have different interests, different values, and different ideas about society. Politics is: the process through which individuals and groups reach agreement on a course of action. This requires bargaining and compromise. Bargaining effectively To facilitate bargaining we have rules.
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