POLS 206 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Mass Communication, Judicial Interpretation, Fetus

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The policy making system- how policy comes into being and evolves over time. Ongoing process, even if government shuts down or doesn"t meet. Linkage institutions- since most of us don"t talk directly to our government officials. Elections- the key institutions (no term limits for congress at the national. People- once a policy is implemented it"s the people that decide whether or not the policy works for you. If it does then it starts all over again with different concerns/issues. What is government?--- institutions by which authoritatively binding decisions (laws/rules/regulations) are made for society. Countries can do this without having a standing army (example: panama) This varies across countries, us provides fewer benefits than other countries. Clean air and clean water are public goods. National guard, state guard, state troopers, county sheriff, police etc. Example: pledge of allegiance to us and texas and moment of silence. Collect taxes: in every single government it"s the people that pay for the government.

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