The Nature of Power, Politics, and Government <ul><li>TCI CH1 </li></ul><ul><li>Intro June 23, 2008 </li></ul>
Day 1 - Notes <ul><li>(Write this stuff down) </li></ul><ul><li>TCI ch1 </li></ul><ul><li>Essential Question - Why should ...
Nature of Power, Politics and Gov’t <ul><li>authority - legal right or power to give orders and enforce rules </li></ul><u...
The Power to Rule
What gives a ruler legitimacy? <ul><li>mandate of heaven - Chinese ruler had approval of heaven to rule, as long as he rul...
Purposes of Gov’t <ul><li>maintain public order </li></ul><ul><li>protect life and property </li></ul><ul><li>provide publ...
Building blocks of gov’t <ul><li>a means of coercion - police, courts, prison </li></ul><ul><li>a means of collecting reve...
Who should rule? <ul><li>king/tyrant - rule by one </li></ul><ul><li>aristocray/oligarchy - rule by few </li></ul><ul><li>...
Modern Nation-States <ul><li>nation-state - independent state, especially one where people share culture </li></ul><ul><ul...
Politics <ul><li>politics - process and method of making decisions for groups (usually gov’ts) </li></ul><ul><li>Political...
Political Games <ul><li>Horse Trading: Winning by Giving to Get </li></ul><ul><li>Walkout: Winning by Refusing to Play </l...
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  1. 1. The Nature of Power, Politics, and Government <ul><li>TCI CH1 </li></ul><ul><li>Intro June 23, 2008 </li></ul>
  2. 2. Day 1 - Notes <ul><li>(Write this stuff down) </li></ul><ul><li>TCI ch1 </li></ul><ul><li>Essential Question - Why should you care about power, politics, and government? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Nature of Power, Politics and Gov’t <ul><li>authority - legal right or power to give orders and enforce rules </li></ul><ul><li>government - Institutions and officials organized to establish and carry out public policy </li></ul><ul><li>power - the ability to cause others to behave as they might not otherwise choose to do </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Power to Rule
  5. 5. What gives a ruler legitimacy? <ul><li>mandate of heaven - Chinese ruler had approval of heaven to rule, as long as he ruled in moral manner </li></ul><ul><li>divine right of kings - God granted European kings right to rule </li></ul><ul><li>social-contract theory - Hobbes and Locke - people agree to obey ruler if he protects their rights </li></ul>Legitimacy - the quality of being accepted as an authority
  6. 6. Purposes of Gov’t <ul><li>maintain public order </li></ul><ul><li>protect life and property </li></ul><ul><li>provide public goods - product or service that is available for all people to consume, whether they pay for it or not </li></ul>
  7. 7. Building blocks of gov’t <ul><li>a means of coercion - police, courts, prison </li></ul><ul><li>a means of collecting revenue - money to pay for public goods </li></ul>
  8. 8. Who should rule? <ul><li>king/tyrant - rule by one </li></ul><ul><li>aristocray/oligarchy - rule by few </li></ul><ul><li>polity/democracy - rule by many - best way to prevent tyranny </li></ul>
  9. 9. Modern Nation-States <ul><li>nation-state - independent state, especially one where people share culture </li></ul><ul><ul><li>territorial integrity - recognized boundaries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>stable population - people live there </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>code of laws - </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>sovereignty - independent and self-governing </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Politics <ul><li>politics - process and method of making decisions for groups (usually gov’ts) </li></ul><ul><li>Political activity has a purpose </li></ul><ul><li>political activity involves collective action </li></ul><ul><li>institution - established organization, especially one providing public service </li></ul>
  11. 11. Political Games <ul><li>Horse Trading: Winning by Giving to Get </li></ul><ul><li>Walkout: Winning by Refusing to Play </li></ul><ul><li>Power Struggle: Winning by Being Smarter and Stronger than the Opposition </li></ul><ul><li>Demolition Derby: Winning by Wiping Out the Opposition </li></ul><ul><li>Civil Disobedience: Winning by Shaming the Opposition </li></ul>

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