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INTRODUCTION PLSC 001: AMERICAN POLITICS
DAY 1 A GAME The aim of this game is to survive. After each match: The winner gets all the loser’s card The loser sits down and cannot play any more. A draw must be replayed. You do not have to challenge someone to play rock-paper- scissors, but you must accept a challenge to play.
WHY IS POLITICS HARD?
DAY 1 HERE’S WHAT WE’RE DOING TODAY Why is politics hard? What does government do? The Central Argument of This Course A Little Bit About You Top Ten Reasons to Take This Course 7
WHAT DOES GOVERNMENT DO?
HOW HAS GOVERNMENT AFFECTED YOUR LIFE TODAY?
HOW HAS GOVERNMENT NOT AFFECTED YOUR LIFE TODAY?
THE CENTRAL ARGUMENT OF THIS CLASS
POLITICS MAKES SENSE.
DAY 1 THREE OVERRIDING THEMES The rules of the game matter. Collective action is hard. People respond to incentives.
TWO IMPORTANT PRELIMINARIES
2) This class teaches you how to think about politics, not what to think about politics.

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