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Lecture 10

POLI 227 Lecture Notes - Lecture 10: Corporatism, Mass Media


Department
Political Science
Course Code
POLI 227
Professor
Rex Brynen
Lecture
10

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POLI 227
January 30, 2013
Lecture 10
(con’t)
Shared ideas may knit together a poli coalition:
Ideology
A (reasonably sophisticated) poli vision of the way the world works
and the way it ought to work a shared ideational blueprint of a
better future
Poli culture
Underlying attitude of the population to such core issues as poli
community (what is my group identity?) and poli authority (who has
the right to rule me and why is that rule legit?)
Ideology and poli culture are related and build on ea other, though they are
diff and studied in diff ways
Ideas/policies of groups will have an ideological component that appeals to
the masses, and the success of policies may depend on presence of poli
culture (poli culture has a role in determining which ideas resonate w/ the
populace and in who wins debates/elections/etc.)
Sources of poli socialization (where do poli ideas come from and how amenable are
they to change?):
Family and peers single most important predictor of your ideas are the
views of your parents… there’s not a lot the state can do w/ regard to the
implementation and transmission of poli ideas in this respect, though
extremely authorities countries sometimes can due to fear of state
penetration (preference falsification)… ppl will hide their views from their
children in the interest of the safety of the family
Relg the state may have somewhat more success in trying to influence the
contact of relg, but it’s a sensitive issue (e.g. Church of England/break from
Catholicism)… RELG IS SOMEWHAT RESISTENT TO STATE CONTROL
School school is easily influenced by the state (issue of curriculum
repression, construction of nat’l identity)… poli ideas, nat’l identity, attitudes
towards leaders can be taught/inculcated
Work can be influenced by state in corporatist w/ trade systems, but state
is generally weak in the workplace
Mass media can be used to inculcate certain ideas… in democratic systems,
enviro is competitive… use of mass media for indoctrination can happen
(North Korea is a striking but fairly unique example)… it is becoming harder
and harder for regimes to control media
China, Arab world are struggling w/ control of media
Although ideas are very important, regimes don’t have as much pwr as you
would think to completely reshape ideas (e.g. collapse of USSR)
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