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by: Kylie Christensen

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These notes are general definitions of things went over in class as well as charts on political parties and government types.
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Kylie Christensen on Sunday September 25, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Polsc110-01 at Brigham Young University - Idaho taught by Travis S. Smith in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 4 views. For similar materials see American Government in Political Science at Brigham Young University - Idaho.


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Date Created: 09/25/16
Power: The ability of persons, interests, or institutions to control public policy. Authority: The right to enforce decisions and compel obedience. Legitimacy: Popular acceptance of the right and power of a government or other entity to exercise authority. *Chart of good and bad government systems when they are executed correctly * Good Bad One Monarchy Tyranny Few Aristocracy Oligarchy Many Polity Democracy Theories of American Democracy: Majortarianism: The numerical majority that determines policy. Elitism: Policy is controlled by a smaller number of well positioned, highly influential individuals. Pluralism: Policies are effectively decided through power wielded by special interests that dominate particular policy areas. What is the difference between normative and descriptive questions? NORMATIVE DESCRIPTIVE  What should it be?  What is the reality?  Ought  Objective  Subjective  Evidence  Opinion  Facts  Possibility  Tangible Fundamental values of a country:  Liberty  Equality  Order  Self-government/ Popular Government Values are complicated because they aren’t set or precise rules, they conflict, they are enduring and powerful. Political parties: Left Center Right Liberal Change Conservative Freedom Preserve tradition Democrat Republican Big government Small Government Economic security Economic liberty Social liberty Social order Ideology:  A comprehensive set of beliefs about the nature of people and the role of government.  A consistent pattern of political attitudes that stem from a core belief.  A consistent set of values and beliefs about the proper purpose and scope of the government. Chart of the beliefs and values as seen by: Liberals, Communitarians, Libertarians, and Conservatives. Liberal Communitarian - Favor equality over freedom - Support economic and and order social policies Libertarian Conservative - Individual rights are most - Protect community and important values


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