Guide for Reading Chapter 1: Understanding Politics
Lectures 1 and 2
KEY TERMS (Some of the terms were covered in the lectures others are in the
Politics: What is it? What does it involve?
Free rider problem
3 Types of authority:
As you read the chapter, think about the following questions:
What is politics? Why is politics important?
How is power exercised in societies?
Is power concentrated or widely dispersed in a democracy?