GEOG130 Lecture13_Political

GEOG130 Lecture13_Political - Political Transition Lecture...

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Political Transition Lecture 13 Geog130
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Pop Quiz What is the best form of government? Is democracy the best form of government? What are some negatives aspect of democracy? How fragile is democracy?
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Governments Democracy- has been practiced by people throughout the world to varying degrees. The word democracy derives from two greek words: Demos : meaning people Kratia : meaning rule Democracy is a system of government in which the majority of the people rule but the rights of the minority are protected.
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Governments What are some elements for a stable government? 1. Constitution : the legal framework for a basic law of a society. What is the role of a constitution? Assigns power Determines duties for governmental institutions and agencies Indicates how decision-makers are to be selected , Defines the limits of governmental authority. Establishes the nature of the relationships between people and their government. States how political leaders are to be held accountable. Lastly, provides checks and balances between branches of gov’t.
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Governments What are some elements for a stable government? 1. Legitimacy: “The more ‘successful’ the gov’t has been in meeting the demands of the people, the more they will be to be ruled by it and support by it when it faces serious economic, social, or military challenges.” 1. Tolerance for different viewpoints. 1. Willingness to compromise and cooperate with political opponents. 1. Commitment to civility (the power of speaking) and pragmatism (a practical way to solve problems). 1. Willingness to get involved in the political process. 1. To believe in one’s ability to help achieve particular objectives.
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Governments What are some characteristics of democracy? 1.
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ENES 102 taught by Professor Biegel during the Fall '07 term at Maryland.

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GEOG130 Lecture13_Political - Political Transition Lecture...

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