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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)
guide the community
Guide the Community

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

levels of government
Levels of Government
  • National Government
    • The government of the entire country
state government
State Government
  • Decides matters for people in the state
local government
Local Government
  • Counties, cities and towns
  • Closest gov. to the people
rule of law
Rule of Law
  • All people are bound by the law
limited government
Limited Government
  • The government can only do the things that the people have given it power to do.
consent of the governed
Consent of the Governed
  • American citizens are the source of all government power
    • Popular Sovereignty – “The People Rule”
individual rights
Individual Rights
  • Individual rights, even of those not popular with the majority, are protected by the government.
representative government
Representative Government
  • People elect leaders to make the laws and govern on their behalf.