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Intro/ American Politics Week 1 Thursday, August 25, 2016

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Intro/ American Politics Week 1 Thursday, August 25, 2016 PSCI 1101

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Government and Politics
Introduction to American Politics
Dr. Anand Sokhey
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political science




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Date Created: 08/25/16
Week 1 Day 2 PSCI 1101 Thursday, August 25, 2016 Introduction to American Politics Fall 2016 University of Colorado Boulder Anand Edward Sokhey The American Political System - Politics and Political Science Reading Notes - Read the Preface of APT • Contemporary Political Literature • How and why things happen in politics and why political actors choose to do the things they do. Class Notes Politics and Government - Some tips for following the news • Follow several news sites/stations For a given story, “Whats the main point?” • • As the semester progresses, “How does this fit in with course concepts?” • Across sites / stations, “Am I seeing the same stories?” “Are different aspects of the same stories presented differently?” - Online Presence • D2L- Main course site ( posts from me; input from TA’s, resources) • Email communication with recitation TA - Todays Goal- Start to develop and motivate the main themes for the course • Government- what and why • Politics- what and why • Political Systems- what • Analyzing Politics • Ideas in APT 1 Week 1 Day 2 PSCI 1101 Thursday, August 25, 2016 Concept of Government - Definition- “…power to make and enforce laws.” - “…the state and its administration viewed as the ruling political power.” - Power of Coercion - - Power of Extraction - - The State - Institutions with government that implement power. • Table: Congress Role: Pass Laws • Responsibility: Provide for common defense • Ability: “Power of the purse” - Creates conflict - • Forms of Government • Many different types of government - Democracies (free and fair elections) - Non- Democracies • Differences depend on organization of power - Scope of power - Concentration of power Concepts of Politics - Definition- “…The process by which groups or people make decisions.” - APT- “…the process the determines what the government does.” - “…Who gets what, when, and how.” - Elements of Politics • People or groups who have a role in making decisions • Actors that want to “win” • Instrumental goals can lead to conflict • The presence of conflict leads to debate/ argument/ negotiation/ compromise • Actors employ strategies….. Understanding the American Political System - What do we want to know? • What are its main features? • How is it supposed to work? • How well does it work? - tied to preferences - Parts of the political System • The Plan The Ingredients • The Machine • • The output 2 Week 1 Day 2 PSCI 1101 Thursday, August 25, 2016 Analyzing Politics - How Does it Apply? • Consider and “easy” topic like the case of health care reform • Why is the united states distinctive relative to many democracies? - Analyzing Politics • Does the constitution allow it? Does the public support it? • What do key MoCs think? • • What kinds of outputs do we get? Ideas in APT - Themes of the Text Politics if conflictual • • Political Process • Politics is Everywhere • Politics resembles something you're familiar with • Politicians are people DUE 8/29 MONDAY Read Chapter 1 of APT Read Chapter 1 of TED 3


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