There"s a gap between the youth and elderly in politics. Voter turnout rate is a lot lower for youths than it is for elderly. Those who participate in the political process are more likely to benefit from the government programs and policies. The elderly know that they have a lot at stake during elections. In the 60"s and 70"s it was hard to escape politics because it would be on every channel. Now it is easy because there is cable, and the internet. Government- the institutions that make public policy decisions for a society: consists of congress, the president, the courts and federal administrative agencies, two important questions. What governments do: maintain a national defense, provide public goods and services. Collective goods- things that everyone can use and share. (highways: preserve order, socialize the young, collect taxes. Politics- the process of determining the leaders we select and the policies they pursue.