chapter 1 - Politics: the set of activities that organize...

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Politics : the set of activities that organize individuals, resolves disputes, and maintains order in society through the creation and enforcement of rules and policies. Such decisions involve winners and losers; as a result, politics can also be thought of as the process of deciding “who gets what, when, and how” in a particular society Power : defined by political scientists both as influence—a getting to b to do something even if B doesn’t want to do it—and as the capabilities that allow A to get B to do what A wants State : the basic unit of a political organization in the world, combining a permanent population, a defined territory, governing institutions, sovereignty over its territory, and international recognition Sovereignty : the legal right of a state to conduct its own affairs within its territory; also the actual ability to control the territory Nation : a large. Self-aware segment of society united by shared cultural features and possessing a belief in the right of political control over a particular territory
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This note was uploaded on 03/26/2012 for the course POL 221 taught by Professor Ganev during the Fall '08 term at Miami University.

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