By Trevor Munroe

Crucial fabric for first-year scholars in social sciences and for the overall reader attracted to the fundamentals of up to date politics.

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It is almost impossible to search everyone at border checkpoints and to ensure that each person does not have biological, chemical, or other kinds of weapons that could be used for terrorist acts. THE DRIVE TO INDEPENDENCE In the second half of the twentieth century, around the world, groups of people rejected rule over them by other states. They wanted to have their own government, their own people ruling an independent state. As a result of this, the number of states has grown immensely. In 1945, there were approximately 50 states in the world; in 2000 the membership of the United Nations, reflecting the number of states that have developed, is 189.

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. The study of interest groups is therefore important. 5. There is greater involvement of government in the economy. Before, government was very limited in size, scope, and power.

First world states are distinguished by the fact that they have not recently experienced colonial rule, that they have free market economies, and that they have a democratic political system. Second world states are those that broke away from the first world and established communist political systems and communist economic organizations. Third world states are those that have experienced colonial rule, where the economies were structured to meet the needs of the colonial power and the economies remain underdeveloped.

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