Political Science 001: Introduction to American Government and Politics Instructor: Ms. Wang
Ideas <ul><li>Definition:  Philosophy that creates a framework from where government actors identify and address issues an...
Institutions <ul><li>Definitions:  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A socially constructed mechanism that possess the authority to or...
Interests <ul><li>Definition: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Private groups that attempt to influence the government to respond to ...
Purpose of Government Is government necessary? What are the functions of government?
What is the purpose of government? <ul><li>Purpose </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Protector-  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>to ins...
What is the purpose of government? <ul><li>Purpose </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Regulator-  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>To ins...
What is the purpose of government? <ul><li>Purpose </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Promoter-  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Perpetu...
Quiz <ul><li>Susie Senior activity </li></ul>
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1 Purpose Of Government

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

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