Class Notes (806,817)
Canada (492,453)
POLI 227 (294)
Rex Brynen (112)

POLI 227 feb 4.docx

3 Pages
Unlock Document

McGill University
Political Science
POLI 227
Rex Brynen

POLI 227 – Lecture Notes February 4, 2013 -midterm covers everything up to and including cultural pluralism (3.2) Effects of neopatrimonialism***ON EXAM; SEE LIST FROM LAST TIME Corruption -corruption is a frequent (although not inevitable) part of neopatrimonial regimes -causes:  new norms + old behaviours  new sources of wealth and power  growing importance of the state  survival skill -types  endemic/developmental/planned  parochial/extractive -quite common in many developing countries -sometimes behaviour is the same but norms have changed -so things that used to be appropriate are now thought of as corrupt -example: in the British Armed Forces you used to be able to purchase commission and become a colonel -this is no longer seen as acceptable -so, legal standards have changed -new sources of wealth and power can lead to a desire to use that newly found wealth and power to achieve certain things -new economic resources to satisfy desires -you’d expect corruption in the early stages of state building -if no one is, e.g., collecting tax and enforcing product standards, there’s no need to bribe -so it’s when the state is beginning to become an important institution that you might see corruption -survival skill; if the state doesn’t improve public wages, there will be incentives for bribes -in fact in some states the government doesn’t increase wages because so much bribery takes place -tolerance of corruption by political leaders is part of their strategy in neopatrimonialism  turning a blind eye to corruption means you don’t need to finance certain institutions -also mean that if you want to withdraw patrimonial connections you can act shocked that corruption’s taking place and throw them in jail -but this has deleterious effects on economic planning, allocation of resources, etc. -sometimes things that are not necessarily corrupt/illegal are being viewed as corruption Politics of Cultural Pluralism Some initial terminology… -ethno-cultural markers  nationality?  race?  religion?  tribe?  language? -varying terminology: “ethnicity”, “communalism”, “sectarianism”, “minorities”, etc -ethnicity as a social construct -race is a fuzzy category -religion is not always an important factor in political terms -ethnicity is a social construct -we can analyze the things ASSOCIATED with different sorts of identities -but in the end, it boils down to the fact that if people think and act like a social group they are -breakup of Yugoslavia; Macedonia wanted to call themselves Macedonia, but Greece was displeased b
More Less

Related notes for POLI 227

Log In


Don't have an account?

Join OneClass

Access over 10 million pages of study
documents for 1.3 million courses.

Sign up

Join to view


By registering, I agree to the Terms and Privacy Policies
Already have an account?
Just a few more details

So we can recommend you notes for your school.

Reset Password

Please enter below the email address you registered with and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Add your courses

Get notes from the top students in your class.