Ways of Thinking About the Political Process
Politics and the Policy Process
"The activity by which rival claims are settled by public authorities"
Rival: underlines that politics is competitive (over finite political resources, like public
Other finite PR: public attention, legislative time (limited time to put forth a
So, what are the priorities?
Claims: they are demands which are expressed and channeled through the political
Equality of public services
More even plain field of opportunities
Not all demands can be addressed; can't take for granted that the demand
will be there either
Public: what is required is a collective response to the demands
The power of the collective will has to be the hardest
Issues cannot be addressed simply by individuals
Understanding what is public or private is inherently political
Authority: to engage the power of the state
If you want to change something in a state, you will need to send your
demands to an authority figure
Sociology is political science without the state
Problems with DEFINITION
Changing a private to a public service/thing/service
What is private and what is public?
Who should manage what?
e.g. Child care
If only private, then responsibility to manage participation is a private
To make it public, we need resources to make it happen
Redefining the issue: should only women bear the consequences of
As a result, those burdens should be shared and be
Reasons for maternity insurance
How to get a claim to the authorities?
There might be demands, but no group to organize the
Demands will be responded if
There are potential for getting more votes on next
Bringing concerns directly to policy makers is legitimate and important
These groups provide a level of information of policy that they wou