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Brock University
Political Science
Bozidar Mitrovic

Tuesday January 29 , 2013 Civil Society: Interest Groups and Social Movements in Politics Slide 1: Central questions - is the presence of interest groups and social movements the sign of democratic vigor or of the decline of democracy? - Do interest groups exert too much influence on public policy? Slide 2: Interest groups/movement good - Barber: “the antibodies of the immune system of democracy” - Mediate between individual and state (‘civil society’) - Unions, churches, boy scouts, ect st Thursday January 31 , 2013 Slide 3: critics - well-organized groups hijack public policy against popular will - class analysis: capital’s interests trump those society - Lindblom “The Market as Prison” - Labor is not mobile, corporations are Slide 4: Defining Interest groups - interest groups: a group that brings together people with common interests and/or a common sense of identity for the purpose of influencing the political process - 280,000 registered NGOs in China in 2005. Estimated to be 2 million unregistered ones (Rowan 2007) *Exam question, what are interest groups, what are their characteristics Slide 5: Defining social movements - an informal network of activists who seek to transform the values of society - influence is harder to measure the effect of social movement Slide 6: Distinguishing between interest groups and social movements (exam question) - big difference is degree of organization (letterhead, hierarchy, employees, address) - both important components of civil society - both are NGOs – nongovernmental organizations Slide 7: PETA - interest group - they have an address - have all of the attributes of corporations - say peta and people know what it means Slide 8: The Arab Spring: Social Movement - do not have an address - look like a spontaneous of public sentiment o never actually spontaneous - all social movements are organized Slide 9: Occupy - social movement - the demands of social movements are often very general - want things like equality, world peace Slide 10: idlenomore - social movements - draws attention to inequality - very specific about bill c-45 th - became a bill on December 5 - allows them to sell part of their reserve Slide 11: Sheelah McLean, Nina Wilson, Sylvia McAdam, Jessica Gordon - created idlenomore - snowballed and became a big movement - nothing just happens - they do have organization even though they do not have an address Slide 12: Tahrir Square, Cario
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