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These and other concepts underlie the study of politics and government. They give rise not merely to questions of fact, such as, “How does our electoral system work?” but to normative questions as well, such as, “Is our electoral system genuinely fair?”
The basic questions have been asked at least since the days of Aristotle. And they will stay with us, since governments will always have a vital role to play while also always being subject to abuse and corruption.
In a democratic nation, these questions are not just of academic interest. Citizens face them throughout their lives, from attending school board meetings to electing a president. The more people know, the better they can hold their government accountable, and the more democracy there will be.
If you would like more information about political science at SUNY Plattsburgh please contact
Harvey Schantz, Chairperson
Office: Hawkins Hall 149
Phone: (518) 564-5826
Fax: (518) 564-4124 or 564-3842