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Political Science
Course
POLITSC 1100
Professor
All Professors
Semester
Winter

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Chapter 1 Introduction: TheCitizenshipandGovernment  How much are we affected by the Government in daily life? o Protect citizens  Police, fire department, national security, regulations on foods and prescription drugs o Provide services o Trust:  Americans are hesitant to grant government too much power  Usually supported during war  Granted more power in times of crisis • 9/11 Terrorist attacks  Government Trust o Reasons why there is low public trust  Debating, but nothing is getting done  Corruption  Power grab  Bad decisions/we don’t agree with it • VA benefits cut  Promises that don’t follow through  Make decisions for own benefit, not for greater good  Citizenship:  Knowledge and Participation o Citizenship: informed and active membership in a political community o Voting is the “building block” of citizenship o Political knowledge  People will not believe they can affect gov’t if they don’t know much about it o Americans are not very knowledgeable about the gov’t  Jay Leno:  Jay Walking  Gov’t o Totalitarian gov’t  No formal limits on its power  Seeks to eliminate social institutions that might challenge it  Attempts to dominate every sphere of political, economic, and social life  Soviet Union (Stalin), N. Korea, Nazi Germany o Authoritarian gov’t   Power held by single individual or small group  Minimal attention to popular preferences  Violence or threat of violence  Spain (Mubarak), Egypt (Franco), South Africa Apartheid o Democratic gov’t  Democratic Politics o Politics  Representative democracy or a republic:  run by elected officials  Direct democracy: citizens themselves vote on legislation
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