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Week 1 Notes POSC 103

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These notes are for class dates 8/30 and 9/1. (There were no notes given/taken on 8/30). 9/1 - The Political System
American National Government
Joseph Rudolph
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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Tiara Notetaker on Thursday September 1, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to POSC 103 at Towson University taught by Joseph Rudolph in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 65 views. For similar materials see American National Government in Political Science at Towson University.

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Date Created: 09/01/16
Thursday 9.1.16 The Political System 1. The Political Culture ­ What do people think of the system? ­ What do people demand from the system? ­ How/ how much do people support the system? ­ Types of Political Culture: a. Homogeneous – Majority of society shares the same values (ex. U.S.) b. Fragmented – Different opinions on different policies (ex. France) i. Society agrees on government’s goals, but not on how to achieve them c. Multiple – Significantly different political views (ex. Canada) i. Decision making is very difficult 2. Political Linkages ­ How does the Government respond to the people? ­ How does the Government gain support? ­ Examples in the U.S.: elections, media, public opinion polls, parties, interest  groups 3. Decision Making Bodies 4. Outputs (Policies) ­ The decision the government makes ­ Examples in the U.S.: Social Security, Medicare, Environmental Protection  Act, embargos The decision made influences the political culture, which influences who is voted into office,  which influences what future decisions are made. It’s a cycle.


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