1 Purpose Of Government
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  • 1. Political Science 001: Introduction to American Government and Politics Instructor: Ms. Wang
  • 2. Ideas
    • Definition: Philosophy that creates a framework from where government actors identify and address issues and demands.
    • Example-
      • Pluralist Theory
      • Elite Theory
      • Capitalist Theory
      • Marxist Theory
  • 3. Institutions
    • Definitions:
      • A socially constructed mechanism that possess the authority to organize, regulate, legislate and govern a a group of people within a area.
      • examples- armed forces, the congress, FDA
  • 4. Interests
    • Definition:
      • Private groups that attempt to influence the government to respond to the shared attitudes and ideas of their members.
    • Examples:
      • PAC, Sierra Club, AARP, ACLU, Philip Morris
  • 5. Purpose of Government Is government necessary? What are the functions of government?
  • 6. What is the purpose of government?
    • Purpose
      • Protector-
        • to insure the safety of American territory and persons from foreign and domestic aggression
        • Actors- President, armed forces, ambassadors, Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense
  • 7. What is the purpose of government?
    • Purpose
      • Regulator-
        • To insure safety
        • Enforce laws and public policies
        • To insure quality of services
        • Actors- Congress, Cabinet departments, the bureaucracy
  • 8. What is the purpose of government?
    • Purpose
      • Promoter-
        • Perpetuates American ideals of democracy, freedom, and capitalism
        • Actors- Congress, the President, The Supreme Court, Media, Schools
  • 9. Quiz
    • Susie Senior activity