Highlands Ranch High School - Mr. Sedivy
American Government - Democracy
Features of a State
Each nation state has supreme and absolute authority within its boundaries. Sovereignty makes lands and shapes foreign policy. In theory, every state is equal. (Does the US exercise more influence than, say, Mexico?)
Purpose of Government
Responsible for maintaining social order, services, and enforcement.
There is interdependence among the nations. We rely on each other. (For example, think about a simple pencil - the rubber eraser, graphite for the lead, wood for the pencil, metal to hold the eraser. Resources from many nations and locations are needed to manufacture a common pencil.)
Balance of power.
Real politics - events in one country affects others. Therefore, the United Nations or a similar international association is necessary.
Other Types of Government
Trial and Judicial System Information
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Mr. Sedivy's History Classes
| Colorado History | American Government | Advanced Placement Modern European History | Rise of Nation State England | World History |
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