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Warm-Up. Why do you think we need government?. Unit 1 Part III: The Government and the People. Government. The Ruling authority for a community. Why do communities need government?. To make it possible for people to live together peacefully . Thomas Hobbes.

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Warm up

  • Why do you think we need government?


  • The Ruling authority for a community

Why do communities need government
Why do communities need government?

  • To make it possible for people to live together peacefully

Thomas hobbes
Thomas Hobbes

  • Scottish political philosopher (1588-1679)

Provide laws
Provide Laws short.”

Provide security
Provide Security short.”

Provide services
Provide Services short.”

Guide the community
Guide the Community short.”

Help shape public policy– the course of action to achieve community goals

Levels of government
Levels of Government short.”

  • National Government

    • The government of the entire country

State government
State Government short.”

  • Decides matters for people in the state

Local government
Local Government short.”

  • Counties, cities and towns

  • Closest gov. to the people

Rule of law
Rule of Law short.”

  • All people are bound by the law

Limited government
Limited Government short.”

  • The government can only do the things that the people have given it power to do.

Consent of the governed
Consent of the Governed short.”

  • American citizens are the source of all government power

    • Popular Sovereignty – “The People Rule”

Individual rights
Individual Rights short.”

  • Individual rights, even of those not popular with the majority, are protected by the government.

Representative government
Representative Government short.”

  • People elect leaders to make the laws and govern on their behalf.