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Summary for Exam 1 Summary for Exam 1 PLS 100: Intro to American National Government Professor Lee Michigan State University
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Summary for Exam 1 Take a step back to see the big picture Basics of politics. Social interactions Constitution. Why it looks the way it does Federalism. Strength of federal government Limits of gov’t Civil rights Civil liberties
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Summary for Exam 1 Analyzing politics Introduced some terminology used in social sciences Example: Prisoner’s dilemma. Individual decisions might lead to bad social outcomes. Game show example. Playing smart . Playing dumb
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Summary for Exam 1 Split or Steal? $100 Jackpot Wen - Chin Split Steal Split 50 , 50 0 , 100 Steve Steal 100 , 0 0 , 0 Steve’s utility, Wen-Chin’s utility Predicted outcome (“Nash equilibrium”) Better if could cooperate and split.
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Summary for Exam 1 Origins of the U.S. Constitution Constitution was written to deal with problems Example: Free rider problem, e.g., contributing to national defense, help pay down war debt. Needed stronger federal gov’t to force states to
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