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<ul><li>Government: What?  Why?  How? </li></ul><ul><li>A BASIC STARTING POINT FOR GOVERNMENTAL STUDY </li></ul>
What is a state? The state —a body of  , living in a  organized  and with the  to make and enforce law without the consent...
What are the necessary qualities of a state? <ul><li>POPULATION </li></ul><ul><li>TERRITORY </li></ul><ul><li>SOVEREIGNTY—...
What is government? <ul><li>the institution through which a society  </li></ul>makes and enforces its public policies
Why did governments come about? <ul><ul><li>We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, est...
So… <ul><li>Form a more perfect union </li></ul><ul><li>Establish justice </li></ul><ul><li>Insure domestic tranquility </...
How did governments come about? <ul><li>FORCE THEORY—the strongest rule </li></ul>THEORY 1
How did governments come about? <ul><li>EVOLUTIONARY THEORY—governments build from simpler  groups (family…clan…tribe, etc...
How did governments come about? <ul><li>DIVINE RIGHT THEORY—God created the state; God ordained those with royal standing ...
How did governments come about? <ul><li>SOCIAL CONTRACT THEORY—in the state of nature, life was “nasty, brutish, and short...
Three ways to classify governments <ul><li>DEMOCRACY —supreme political authority  rests with the people </li></ul>METHOD ...
Three ways to classify governments <ul><li>DICTATORSHIP— those who rule cannot be held responsible to the will of the peop...
Three ways to classify governments <ul><li>UNITARY— all powers by the government belong to one central government </li></u...
Three ways to classify governments <ul><li>PRESIDENTIAL GOVERNMENT— executive and legislative branches of the government a...
Zoom in on  representative   democracy
Who has the power? To what ends do they use the power?
Who has the power?  To what ends do they use the power?   Karl Marx
Who has the power?  To what ends do they use the power?   CAPITALISTS (BOURGEOISE) WORKERS POLITICAL POWER ECONOMIC STRUGG...
Who has the power?  To what ends do they use the power?   Max Weber
Who has the power?  To what ends do they use the power?   POLITICAL POWER TRUE POWER IS HELD BY POSTION AND STRUCTURE RATH...
Who has the power?  To what ends to they the power?   C. Wright Mills
Who has the power?  To what ends do they use the power?   MILITARY POLITICAL POWER MILITARY MILITARY BUSINESS BUSINESS BUS...
Who has the power?  To what ends do they use the power?   Pluralist
Who has the power?  To what ends do they use the power?   MANY LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT; MANY COMPETING INTERESTS/GROUPS/PEOPLE
Who has the power?  To what ends do they use the power?   <ul><li>POWER—the ability of one person to get another person/gr...
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  1. 1. <ul><li>Government: What? Why? How? </li></ul><ul><li>A BASIC STARTING POINT FOR GOVERNMENTAL STUDY </li></ul>
  2. 2. What is a state? The state —a body of , living in a organized and with the to make and enforce law without the consent of any higher authority PEOPLE POWER POLITICALLY DEFINED TERRITORY
  3. 3. What are the necessary qualities of a state? <ul><li>POPULATION </li></ul><ul><li>TERRITORY </li></ul><ul><li>SOVEREIGNTY— the possession of supreme and absolute power within its boundaries </li></ul><ul><li>GOVERNMENT </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is government? <ul><li>the institution through which a society </li></ul>makes and enforces its public policies
  5. 5. Why did governments come about? <ul><ul><li>We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. So… <ul><li>Form a more perfect union </li></ul><ul><li>Establish justice </li></ul><ul><li>Insure domestic tranquility </li></ul><ul><li>Provide for the common defense </li></ul><ul><li>Promote the general welfare </li></ul><ul><li>Secure the blessings of liberty </li></ul>
  7. 7. How did governments come about? <ul><li>FORCE THEORY—the strongest rule </li></ul>THEORY 1
  8. 8. How did governments come about? <ul><li>EVOLUTIONARY THEORY—governments build from simpler groups (family…clan…tribe, etc) </li></ul>THEORY 2
  9. 9. How did governments come about? <ul><li>DIVINE RIGHT THEORY—God created the state; God ordained those with royal standing the “divine right” to rule </li></ul>THEORY 3
  10. 10. How did governments come about? <ul><li>SOCIAL CONTRACT THEORY—in the state of nature, life was “nasty, brutish, and short.” Humans agreed to a mutual agreement between the rulers and the ruled for the benefit of all. </li></ul>THEORY 4
  11. 11. Three ways to classify governments <ul><li>DEMOCRACY —supreme political authority rests with the people </li></ul>METHOD 1: By who can participate DIRECT— the will of the people is directly turned into public policy INDIRECT— the will of the people is represented by appointed leaders Also known as REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY Impractical Poor decisions ELITIST THEORY OF DEMOCRACY
  12. 12. Three ways to classify governments <ul><li>DICTATORSHIP— those who rule cannot be held responsible to the will of the people </li></ul>METHOD 1: By who can participate AUTOCRACY—a single person holds unlimited power MONARCHY—heredity determines ruler MILITARY—force determines ruler OLIGARCHY—power is held by a small, usually self-appointed group
  13. 13. Three ways to classify governments <ul><li>UNITARY— all powers by the government belong to one central government </li></ul><ul><li>FEDERAL GOVERNMENT— powers are divided between a central government and a local government (division of power) </li></ul><ul><li>CONFEDERATE GOVERNMENT —an alliance of independent states </li></ul>METHOD 2: Geographic distribution of power
  14. 14. Three ways to classify governments <ul><li>PRESIDENTIAL GOVERNMENT— executive and legislative branches of the government are elected by the voters </li></ul><ul><li>PARLIAMENTARY GOVERNMENT— the executive branch is elected by the legislative branch </li></ul>METHOD 3: Relationship between the legislative and executive branches
  15. 15. Zoom in on representative democracy
  16. 16. Who has the power? To what ends do they use the power?
  17. 17. Who has the power? To what ends do they use the power? Karl Marx
  18. 18. Who has the power? To what ends do they use the power? CAPITALISTS (BOURGEOISE) WORKERS POLITICAL POWER ECONOMIC STRUGGLE —WHOEVER CONTROLS ECONOMY, CONTROLS GOVERNMENT
  19. 19. Who has the power? To what ends do they use the power? Max Weber
  20. 20. Who has the power? To what ends do they use the power? POLITICAL POWER TRUE POWER IS HELD BY POSTION AND STRUCTURE RATHER THAN ECONOMICS (BUREAUCRACY) LEADERS BUREAUCRACY
  21. 21. Who has the power? To what ends to they the power? C. Wright Mills
  22. 22. Who has the power? To what ends do they use the power? MILITARY POLITICAL POWER MILITARY MILITARY BUSINESS BUSINESS BUSINESS BUSINESS PEOPLE PEOPLE PEOPLE PEOPLE PEOPLE PEOPLE PEOPLE PEOPLE POLITICIANS POLITICIANS POLITICIANS MILITARY MILITARY MILITARY POLITICIANS POLITICIANS POLITICIANS POLITICIANS POLITICIANS POLITICIANS POLITICIANS POLITICIANS POLITICIANS POLITICIANS POLITICIANS POLITICIANS POLITICIANS POLITICIANS POLITICIANS SELECT MILTARY AND BUSINESS LEADERS (WEALTH, POWER, PRESTIGE) WEILD POWER ON SELECT POLITICIANS
  23. 23. Who has the power? To what ends do they use the power? Pluralist
  24. 24. Who has the power? To what ends do they use the power? MANY LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT; MANY COMPETING INTERESTS/GROUPS/PEOPLE
  25. 25. Who has the power? To what ends do they use the power? <ul><li>POWER—the ability of one person to get another person/group to do what the first person wants </li></ul><ul><li>AUTHORITY—the right to use power </li></ul><ul><li>LEGITIMACY—the source from which power comes </li></ul>

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