Ch. 1 Logic Tuesday, January 11, 2011 11:03 AM What is Politics? • Politics is who gets what, when, where, why, and how. o Conflicting interests - example minimum wage o Conflicting values ex abortion o Conflicting ideas about allocation - government spending and taxes o Politics are how ideas are resolved o It is a process though with individuals and groups reach agreement on a o US is diverse, we are an interesting case • Strong institutions - enforce collective agreements, rules • Constitution is the set of rules the institution must follow • To work, must have power to raise revenue of power to compel the citizens to follow he rules, power to defend citizens Institutional Design • Institutional stability is often sought and achieved o Institutions should persists beyond the tenure of officeholders who occupy them o Content with the status quo o Discontented cannot agree on alternatives - mostly just pursue their own interests • Power V. Authority o Power - are you a popular president now? Popularity gives you more power
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