government chapter 1 test-notes

what are issues covered by public policy?

transportation, education, taxation, defense, crime, health care, environment, immigration

the U.S. has what kind of government?

federal goverment

establish justice

laws that must be reasonable, fair, and impartial both in content and enforcement

form a more perfect union

create a united nation

insure domestic tranquility

peace at home

promote general welfare

improve the general well-being of all people

provide for common defense

decent state against foreign enemy's

secure blessings of liberty

freedom to live as you please, as long as you obey the laws and respect the rights of others

divine right theory

God created the state and that God had given those of royal birth a right to rule

evolutionary theory

state developed naturally from the family unit


power to make & enforce laws without consent of a higher authority

force theory

one person/ small group takes control of a territory & forces everyone within to do their will

social contract theory

state develops as a voluntary act of free people