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What is Politics UK politics revision notes

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  • Submitted: 24/04/2006
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GCSE Politics

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What is Politics?

* The science and art of the government.

* Who gets what, when and how?

* The authoritative allocation of values.

* The art of the possible

* Obeying laws laid down by the government.

* Politic is purely an exercise in restricting individual freedom.

Types of politics-

* Liberals - Exclusion of politics from personal life, freedom to do what you want as long as you aren't offending other people around you.

* Free Market - Keep politics out of the economy; sell what you want for whatever prices.

* Socialists - The state controls the economy.

* Fascists - Totalitarian control over every aspect of people's lives.

* Feminists - Gender relations, at home, at work and in the bedroom.

* Green Politics - Politicised the environment.

Power=Legitimacy=Authority

* To have LEGITIMACY - the public accepts them as the true holder of their position

* To have AUTHORITY - The rightful and legitimate use of power.

Types of Authority-

* Traditional - A long established custom (Hereditary Queen)

* Charismatic - Compelling personal qualities (Hitler)

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