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In political science, a political system defines the process for making official government decisions. It is usually compared to the legal system, economic system, cultural system, and other social systems. However, this is a very simplified view of a much more complex system of categories involving the questions of who should have authority and what the government influence on its people and economy should be.

Definition

According to David Easton, "A political system can be designated as the interactions through which values are authoritatively allocated for a society".[1]

Anthropological classification

Anthropologists generally recognize four kinds of political systems, two of which are uncentralized and two of which are centralized.[2]

Sociology

The sociological interest in political systems is figuring out who holds power within the relationship of the government and its people and how the government’s power is used. There are three types of political systems that sociologists consider:

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Easton, David. (1971). The political system : an inquiry into the state of political science. Knopf. OCLC 470276419.
  2. ^ Haviland, W.A. (2003). Anthropology: Tenth Edition. Wadsworth:Belmont, CA.