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POLS1336 chapter 1 notes

by: Ariana Rios-Lobo

POLS1336 chapter 1 notes POLS 1336

Ariana Rios-Lobo
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these are the notes from chapter one. I shortened the notes so they are easier to study as well as I added all the side notes the professor said were important.
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Ariana Rios-Lobo on Friday January 29, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to POLS 1336 at University of Houston taught by Laila F Sorurbakhsh in Winter 2016. Since its upload, it has received 47 views. For similar materials see US and Texas Constitution and Politics in Political Science at University of Houston.


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Date Created: 01/29/16
Ch.  1  week  of  Jan  18 Tuesday,  January  19,  2016 12:14  PM Americas'  view  of  Government -­ Distrust-­‐-­‐>    trust  declined  from  75%  to  25% -­ Hispanics  and  African  Americans  have  higher  level  of  trust  than  whites -­ In  times  of  crisis  Americans  look  to  the  govt. → 9/11,  the  Great  Depression -­ Americans  suffering  from  declining  sense  of  political  efficacy → Political  efficacy:  belief  that  one  can  affect  what  the  govt.  does,  take   action  to  make  the  govt.  listen w Less  inclined  to  participate  in  political  activities   w Declining  due  to  ack  of  knowledge -­ Governmen t:  institution  and  procedures  through  which  territory  and  its  people   are  ruled   → Autocracy=  ruled  by  one → Oligarchy=  ruled  my  a  couple → Democracy =  ruled  by  many w Popular  sovereignty:placing  power  in  the  hands  of  the  people   w Representative :  citizens  vote  for  representatives w Direct:  citizens  vote  on  laws -­ Ways  of  governing → Constitutional:  formal  limits  are  placed  on  govt. → Authoritarian:  no  formal  limits  but  restrained  by  other  institutions   → Totalitarian:  no  formal  limits  eliminates  institutions  that  challenge  it -­ 20  of  200  countries  have  constitution  democracy   -­ Politics:conflicts  over  the  leadership,  structure,  and  policies  of  govt. → Influence  govt.  decisions   -­ Liberty:  personal  and  economic  freedom..  Idea  of  limited  govt. -­ 20  of  200  countries  have  constitution  democracy   -­ Politics:conflicts  over  the  leadership,  structure,  and  policies  of  govt. → Influence  govt.  decisions   -­ Liberty:  personal  and  economic  freedom..  Idea  of  limited  govt. → Bill  of  rights → Many  rights  were  taken  after  9/11 -­ Equality:all  people  are  created  equal,  and  should  be  able  to  vote  on  equal   terms   → Equal  pay  -­‐ still  not  equal  


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