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What is government?
a formal and established way of making and carrying out political decisions
Why do we have government?
- * because government can do things for us.
- *life with out government is worst (we would live in a "state of nature"
What is politics?
the competition to shape government's impact on society's problems and goals.
social contract theory
it is not a written contract, rather a general agreement between the people and their government
the way things ought to be
the way things are
purpose of government
to protect our natural laws
Life, liberty and pursuit of happiness
What purpose does government traditionally serve? What does the government do?
- protecting life-authority
- protecting rights and liberty-Justice system
- Protecting public goods- roads
- promoting equality- modern and controversial aspect of government
a coherent sets of beliefs about how policies effect society and which policies are desirable
requirements of democracy
popular sovereignty, political equality, political liberty