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Acclaimed for the scholarship of its well-known authors and the readability of its narrative, American govt: associations and Policies units the traditional for public coverage assurance whereas keeping specialise in 3 basic subject matters: the significance of associations of yank executive; the old improvement of governmental methods, actors, and rules; and who governs within the usa and to what ends. pupil involvement within the fabric is strengthened via confirmed pedagogical gains equivalent to studying pursuits framing each one bankruptcy, "Constitutional Connections" pertaining to present concerns to founding ideas, and "How issues paintings" bins that illustrate vital recommendations.

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The Greek city-state, or polis, was quite small, and within it citizenship was extended to all free adult male property holders. ) In more recent times, the New England town meeting approximates the Aristotelian ideal. In such a meeting, the adult citizens of a community gather once or twice a year to vote directly on all major issues and expenditures of the town. As towns have become larger and issues more complicated, many JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images democracy The rule of the many. As protestors around the world support democracy activists in Syria, the United States weighs how it should assist opposition groups in other countries that seek to establish democratic governments.

This requires in turn that individuals and parties be able to run for office; that communications (through speeches or the press, in meetings, and on the internet) be free; and that the voters perceive that a meaningful choice exists. But what, exactly, constitutes a “meaningful choice”? How many offices should be elective and how many appointive? How many candidates or parties can exist before the choices become hopelessly confused? Where will the money come from to finance electoral campaigns?

First, it is the perception of costs and benefits that affects politics. People may think the cost of an auto emissions control system is paid by the manufacturer, when it is actually passed on to the consumer in the form of higher prices and reduced performance. Political conflict over pollution control will take one form when people think that the polluting industries pay the costs and another form when they think that the consumers pay. Second, people take into account not only who benefits but also whether it is legitimate for that group to benefit.

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