By Trevor Munroe

Crucial fabric for first-year scholars in social sciences and for the final reader attracted to the fundamentals of latest politics.

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As government expanded, a bigger and more complex public administration, that is, the organization of civil service, became necessary. Public administration then became a subdiscipline of political science. 4. Interest groups or lobbies became organized to represent the interests of businesspeople, as well as professional groups such as teachers and doctors, and workers. One of the main purposes of these groups was to influence the policy of government to provide better conditions for the particular group.

Similarly, in a number of states in the United States, the controversial issue of whether ganja should be decriminalized or legalized, either totally or for specific purposes, was not decided by the elected representatives but by the people. In some states the people have voted that it should be legal to prescribe ganja for medicinal purposes. There are strong arguments for and against the more frequent use of referendums in indirect democracies.

1. It is the first organized effort to inculcate or to transmit politically relevant consciousness, for example through teaching the national anthem, the symbolism of the national flag, the national pledge and national heroes. In every country in the world children begin to learn in the school system those symbols to which they are expected to attach themselves – symbols of nationhood, and of governmental and national authority. Of course, the Political Socialization 27 nature of that attachment and the extent of that transmission of political loyalties will vary from country to country.

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