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American Government (1)

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American Government (1) P SC 1113

Heidi Hilts
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First week of notes for American Federal Government
American Federal Government
Gary W. Copeland
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Government, Politics, political science




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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Heidi Hilts on Wednesday January 27, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to P SC 1113 at University of Oklahoma taught by Gary W. Copeland in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 9 views. For similar materials see American Federal Government in Political Science at University of Oklahoma.

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Date Created: 01/27/16
American government notes week 1 1/19/16  5 Ways Government directly affects your life o Taxes o Price of gas (oil and gas subsidies) o Cost of education and education quality o Healthcare laws o Public safety laws  What does political mean? o Activities related to government  Affect people on a national and local level o Struggle for power among groups of people  Politics is a way of determining without recourse to violence who gets the power and resources in a society and how  Who gets what, when and how  Authoritative allocation of things valued by members of a society  Government o Set of institutions and processes that has the authority to make and enforce rules and laws for a society o Mediates among private interests and resolves conflicts  Purpose of government o Security (internal and external) o General welfare o Order o Resolve conflict o Failures of the market  Values, facts, and arguments in politics o Values  Normative judgements about what is good or bad o Facts  Something that really exists  Reality, truth  Something known  Something that can at least in theory be confirmed o Argument  A political contention based on a set of assumptions and values supported by evidence, leading to a clear, well developed conclusion with consequences for how we understand the world


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