POLI 101 - an intro to government

POLI 101 - an intro to government - An Introduction to...

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An Introduction to Government or Why Do People Have Government? 1. What is government? a. A definition of government – government is the structure and processes through which rules or policies are authoritatively determined for society as a whole . (authority, legitimacy, *power to control) b. A definition of state – a state is a human community which successfully claims within a territory the legitimate use of physical force. c. Authority - the recognized right of an individual, organization, or institution to exercise power d. Power - the ability of persons or institutions to control policy 2. How does government affect your life? EVERYTHING. a. Protection from foreign threat b. Public safety- police, fire protection c. Physical infrastructure- schools, highways, utility management (electricity, water and sewage, natural gas, telephone) d. School systems – our success comes from our education history e. Legal infrastructure (forces people to keep their word and liability) - contracts, law and practices
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