• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Assess the view that government is concerned with the exercise of political power.

Extracts from this document...


Assess the view that government is concerned with the exercise of political power. In this essay I will discuss whether the government is involved in exercising political power or not. Politics is when you have conflicting ideas on different issues, and the way in which people resolve these differences in an orderly way. Politics takes place on different levels. You see it in the local, national and international levels. It can also be seen in schools, within families etc. It is an activity, which is widespread in all societies. It relies on communication between all sides. If the communication stops or breaks down it can lead to conflict between the groups involved. So commonsense dictates that government takes part in politics, as it takes in all the conflicting ideas and then implements the best idea for the people it is representing. Power is the ability to make people do as you say without their consensus. When you have power you are above the people on whom you exercise your power. ...read more.


Von Bismarck says 1."Politics is not a science ... but an art". He was talking about the art of government. The making and enforcing of collective decisions. In other words making decisions and then using their powers to enforce these decisions. So Bismarck believed that government was involved in the exercising of political power. This can be seen in the UK government's domestic policy. Like the decision to close the countryside of to tourists due to the foot and mouth crisis. The decision to cull animals also shows the government exercising its political power. It used vets and the army to organise the mass killing of livestock. Whether the farmers agreed with the culling or not, their animals got killed if it was in an infected area. This shows that the government first took the decision in Westminster and used the right people to exercise this decision, whether people gave their consent or not. In other words they were exercising political power. An obvious area in which the government exercise its power is in law making. ...read more.


So in that sense government does exercise political power as we give our consent to make laws and enforce them on our behalf. 2."The practice of politics is often portrayed as little more then the exercise of power." Since common sense dictates that government is involved in politics then the above quote states that government is involved in the exercise of political power. So it is my belief that government is involved in the exercise of power. If they were not there to make and enforce decisions then they would have no purpose. If they had no power then it would be a waste of time voting for them. The government is there to make political decisions. They have the power to enforce these decisions through the police and judicial system. Since government are involved in politics and have power to rule it is commonsense that they are involved in the exercise of political power. Whether in international or national affairs the government has political power, which it exercises with or without the consent of its people. Sources 1.Political theory an introduction (A. Heywood) Page 52 2. Political theory an introduction (A. Heywood) Page 122 Abed Miah ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Politics section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Politics essays

  1. Explain and evaluate Locke's theory of government

    it embodies political power, which is the right in the name of the public blessing to create laws for regulation and preservations of the property, and also to apply force of a society for execution of these laws and protection of the state against an attack from the outside.

  2. What is Politics

    2. Pressure groups. And second, pluralists claim that people are able to exercise power between elections by joining interest groups (such as political parties, trade unions and other pressure groups). Group activity, they argue, is vital to the successful functioning of the political system.

  1. The conflict may be classified as a strike for power between Taliban government and ...

    In 2000 the country was hit by the worst drought for over a generation and large numbers of the population were struggling to survive.7 Until USA launched its attacks against the Taliban regime the latter controlled over 90 % of the territory.

  2. An Introduction to a Liberal-Democratic Government

    (Weir & Beetham 1997.) Institutional Features of a Democratic Government The features of a liberal democratic government are very important because they help us classify between the different types of governments in power around the world. Through my reading I think that it is fair to say that there are

  1. Serfdom – Emancipation, etc

    Events may have shown that his prognostication was not without accuracy. Condition of Serfs at beginning of 19th Century: structure of serfdom complete - work of Romonov dynasty, the profounder results of which were active until 1917. The condition of the peasants was a tragedy for themselves, an inspiration for

  2. British Political Direction

    In consensus regimes, a wider variety of interests are better represented because it employs proportional representation. Although no single party has a majority, the cleavages that define this society are reproduced in that each differing interest is represented proportionally to its numbers.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work