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1 Definitions, Characteristics, and what keeps us from anarchy!
What is government? Definitions, Characteristics, and what keeps us from anarchy!

2 Government An institution in which a society makes and enforces its public policies Public policies are everything that a government decides to do. Ex: Government is made up of people who exercise its power (those with authority and control over people)

3 3 Powers of Every Government
Legislative Power Make laws Executive Power Execute, enforce, and administer laws Judicial Power Interpret laws, determine their meaning, and settle disputes A constitution is the set of laws that lay forth the principles and structure of government

4 The State Not one of the 50 U.S. states, but an entity with 4 parts
1. Population (group of people within…) 2. Territory (defined area, with recognized borders in which the population lives) 3. Government 4. Sovereignty (Government has absolute power without any outside interference) Think of most any nation in the world*

5 How did we form governments?
The Force Theory The Evolution Theory The Divine Right Theory The Social Contract Theory

6 The Force Theory An individual or group claimed control over a territory and forced the population to submit. The state became sovereign, and those in control formed the government.

7 Evolution Theory Population formed out of primitive families.
The heads of the families became the government. When those families settled in one territory and claimed it as their own, they became a sovereign state

8 The Divine Right Theory
God created the state, making it sovereign. The government is made up of those selected by God to rule the territory. The people (population) must obey their ruler.

9 The Social Contract Theory
The population in a given place (territory) gave up as much power to a government as needed to promote the well being of all. In doing so, they created a sovereign state.

10 The Purpose of Government
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

11 Huh? Form a More Perfect Union Establish Justice
We are stronger if we are one (That’s why it had to be written!) Establish Justice Hard to define a concept; the law must be reasonable, fair, and impartial. Insure Domestic Tranquility Order; keep the peace Provide for the Common Defense Defend against foreign enemies Promote the General Welfare Serve the most amount of people for the benefit of all; do things individuals can’t/won’t do Secure the Blessings of Liberty Freedom, but not unlimited

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