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People and Government. Principles of Government  Population, the most obvious essential feature of a state. ◦ State: a political community that occupies.

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1 People and Government

2 Principles of Government

3  Population, the most obvious essential feature of a state. ◦ State: a political community that occupies a definite territory and has an organized government with the power to make and enforce laws without approval from a higher authority. ◦ Nation: any sizable group of people who are united by common bonds of race, language, custom, tradition, and sometimes religion. ◦ Nation-state: a country in which the territory of both the nation and the state coincide

4  An area with fixed boundaries. ◦ The exact location or shape of political boundaries is often a source of conflict among states.  Sovereignty within its boundaries. ◦ Sovereignty: supreme and absolute authority within territorial boundaries  A government which maintains order, provides public services, and enforces decisions that its people must obey.

5  Evolutionary Theory ◦ The state evolved from the family group.  Force Theory ◦ One person or a group used force to establish its authority to govern the people.  Divine Rights Theory ◦ The rulers of the people were chosen by the gods to govern.  Social Contract Theory ◦ The people gave the government its power to rule them, and in return the government had to respect the people’s rights.

6  Governments are needed to maintain social order by making and enforcing laws.  Governments provide essential services for people, such as promoting public health and safety.

7  Governments protect people from attack by other states and from internal threats such as terrorism.  Governments pass laws that shape and control the nation’s economy in various ways.

8 The Formation of Government

9  Unitary system: gives all key powers to national or central government  Federal system: divides the powers of government between the national government and state or provincial governments.  In the country’s infancy, the United States formed a confederacy, which is a loose union of independent states.

10  Constitution: a plan that provides the rules for government  Whether written or unwritten, a constitution organizes the structure of government and the way it operates.

11  Constitutions set out the goals and purposes of government as well as the ideals shared by the people.  Constitutions provide the supreme law for states and their governments.

12  Politics: the effort to control or influence the conduct and policies of government  Individuals and groups use politics to seek benefits from government.  Although special interest groups seek special benefits, politics also provides benefits for all the people.

13  The world today is divided into industrialized nations, developing nations, and newly industrialized nations. ◦ Industrialized nation: has generally large industries and advanced technology that provide a more comfortable way of life than developing nations. ◦ Developing nation: only beginning to develop industrially

14  These groups of nations have many differences, but they are interdependent in many ways.  Other groups besides nations including multinational corporations, political movements, terrorist groups, and international organizations are important in today’s world.

15 Types of Government

16  Governments can be classified according to who governs the state. ◦ Autocracy  Power and authority reside in a single individual, such as a dictator ship or absolute monarchy ◦ Oligarchy  A small group holds power in the government, such as a communist country ◦ Democracy  People hold the sovereign power of government, such as the United States

17  Individual Liberty ◦ Government works to secure an equal opportunity for people to develop their own abilities  Majority Rule with Minority Rights ◦ Government is based on majority rule through the people’s elected representatives, but respects the rights of minorities.

18  Free Elections ◦ Government is based on free and open elections in which every citizen has the right to vote, every vote has equal weight, and candidates for office can freely express their views  Competing Political Parties ◦ Political parties choose candidates for office, respect the voter’s decisions in elections, and act as loyal opposition.

19  Active Citizen Participation ◦ Countries where citizens participate fully in civic life are more likely to maintain a strong democracy.  A Favorable Economy ◦ Stable, growing economies with a large middle class help strengthen democracies.  Widespread Education ◦ A public school system open to all people helps promote democracy.

20  Strong Civil Society ◦ A strong civil society in which a network of voluntary organizations (including economic groups, religions groups, and many other) exists independent of government helps democracy to flourish.  A Social Consensus ◦ The people accept democratic values such as individual liberty and equality for all in a social consensus.

21 Economic Theories

22  Governments provide for many different kinds of economic systems.  Economic systems make decisions about what goods and services should be produced, how they should be produced, and who gets them.

23  Capitalism is based on free enterprise, or individual economic choices.  Capitalism developed gradually from the economic and political changes in medieval and early Europe.

24  The United States has a capitalist economy, but government plays a role.  Today the United States has a mixed market economy, incorporating both free enterprise and government regulation of business and industry.

25  Under socialism, government owns the basic means of production, plans the use of resources, distributes many products and wages, and provides basic social services.  Socialism developed in Europe during the 1800s.

26  Some socialists favored taking over the government by means of revolution.  Other socialists believed in democratic socialism, in which economic conditions change peacefully and people have some freedoms and rights.

27  Communism is based on the 19 th century ideas of Karl Marx, who argued that capitalism exploited workers to benefit a small group of capitalists who controlled the economy.  In communist nations, government makes all economic decisions; owns the land, natural resources, industry, banks, and transportation systems; and controls all mass communication.

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