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PS103 Week 1 Notes

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PS103 Week 1 Notes PS103-70

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These notes cover everything Newman went over in class Wednesday, ICYMI! (Note: Newman doesn't upload his notes to Moodle, so this is the only place you'll find them!)
Political Systems
James Newman
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Political systems, political science, PS103




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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Karma Alvey on Saturday January 23, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to PS103-70 at Southeast Missouri State University taught by James Newman in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 84 views. For similar materials see Political Systems in Political Science at Southeast Missouri State University.

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Date Created: 01/23/16
Understanding Politics  Politics is who gets what when, where, how, and why. Conflict in Government  Conflict in government is inevitable. o What does this tell us?  Briefly illustrates why most people dislike politics  “Too complicated/argumentative,”  “Politicians are only in it for themselves.” Why Do We Have a Government?  To provide order (military, police)  Ensure domestic tranquility  Provide for the common defense  Establish justice What is Politics?  Three key concepts: o Conflictual (health reform, regulation) o Process matters o It’s everywhere Ideology  Ideology – Cohesive set of ideals and beliefs used to organize and evaluate the political world o Conservative – One side of the ideological spectrum defined by support for lower taxes, a free market, and more limited government. Associated with the Republican Party. o Liberal – One side of the ideological spectrum defined by support for stronger government programs and more market regulation. Generally associated with Democrats. o Libertarian – Those who prefer very limited government and therefore tend to be conservative on issues such as welfare policy, environmental policy, and public support for education, but liberal of issues of personal liberty such as free speech, abortion, and the legalization of drugs.


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