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Government Exam 1.0

Government The institutions and processes through which public policies are made for society
Politics The process by which we select our governmental representatives and what policies they produce
Laswell's Definition Who gets what, when and how
Democracy A system of selecting policymakers and of organizing government so that policy represents the public’s preferences
Traditional view of democracy Mob rule Ineffective government
Direct v indirect democracy Direct democracy: a system of government in which citizens meet to discuss and agree upon, with majority support, policy Indirect (or representative) democracy: a system of government in which citizens vote for representatives to make policy decision
Political culture commonly shared values, beliefs, and attitudes about government and its operation
Rational choice theory, defined Groups and individuals act in their own self-interest
Rational choice theory, applied requires compromise to arrive at an authoritative decision from a government comprised of individuals with diverse preferences
Created by: mj23pm18