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Review of Chapter 1
American Government
Dr. Lakeyta Bonnette
Class Notes
Liberty, equality, democracy, citizenship, Government, Politics




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Date Created: 09/14/16
Chapter 1 Notes : Introduction: The Citizen and Government o America is based on the ideas of Liberty, Equality, and Democracy America values : Liberty : the freedom from government control. Linked to the concept of "limited government" Ex: Abortion rights Equality: equality of opportunity (but not equality of outcome) & political equality – the right to participate in politics equally To treat people fairly Democracy: Americans' commitment to democracy is based on three principles – Popular sovereignty: the people ultimately has political authority Ex: vote Majority rule: the majority preferences are followed by the government's decisions Minority rights: Some minority interests must be protected even in front of majority thoughts. Ex: The Tea Party The Government Affects Out Daily Lives -Americans expect a lot from the government  The government -keeps us safe while protecting individual liberties and privacy -supports the poor while keeping the taxes low -promotes business growth while keeping a healthy environment -able to handle crisis' quickly & effectively while keeping the government small *Not every government decision is based off of what the people want * Political Efficacy -The belief that a person has the ability to influence what the government does is called political efficacy.  While a low amount of citizens in the past (25%) believed that the government didn’t care about what citizens thought , there has been an increase in the amount of citizens who believes that the government doesn’t care about what they think today (78%). Citizenship Citizenship: participation in public affairs ; "enlightened political engagement"  Voting – building block of citizenship  Citizens can influence their government by jury duty, rallies, etc.  Effective participation requires knowledge Government Government: the institutions and procedures through which a territory and its people are ruled.  It is hard to build a gov. that lasts and promotes liberty, equality, and democracy. Types of Government : Inclusiveness Governments can be categorized in ascending levels of inclusiveness Different forms of governments are defined by power and freedom Autocracies : gov. Controlled by one person (monarch or dictator) Oligarchies: gov. Controlled by a small group (military officers, wealth merchants, landowners) Democracies: citizens play a significant part in the governmental process Representative: citizens have the opportunity to elect gov. Officials Direct: citizens vote directly for policies and laws *America is a representative democracy* Types of Government: Limits Governments can be categorized in descending levels of the limits they have on their own authority. Totalitarian governments: government recognizes little or no limits on their authority Authoritarian governments: recognizes no formal limits on their authority , constrained by social institutions Constitutional governments: recognizes and codifies effective limits on their authority Politics Politics - Conflicts over leadership, character, membership, structure, and policies of any organization to which people belong. *Common American Concerns: Immigration and Religious Affiliations* Goal of politics is having a say in what happens; having a share in what happens is called power or influence


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