POLI 422 Lecture Notes - Lecture 7: Relative Deprivation, Homicide
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Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Common mistakes with the essays
•Democracy, RoL, accountability
•Balance between answering questions and “grounding” your answers on
•Avoid summarizing in the 4 pages
•Organization matters: how you present your arguments should be in a way that makes
sure you address all your questions
•Writing matters: also impacts how convincing you are
•Each essay is 16.6% of your grade in the class
•Judicialization of politics: fewer limits on judiciary involvement
•More powerful courts, new role for judges, more rights
•Expansion of constitutional rights (Bolivia)
•Culture: ideas, actors, institutions everything matters
•Culture as catch all explanation
•Politicization of the judiciary
•Gender and the rule of law
oWhat are gender/women issues and what defines them
oPolicies on gender issues
•Same sex marriage (aka equal marriage)
•Other issues: domestic violence
Crime and Insecurity
Crime, Insecurity and the RoL
•What is the connection between crime and the rule of law?
•Does it affect the thin or thick version of RoL?
oDepends on what reason the crime is being committed
oi.e. homicide = both versions
oHow is personal property affected by crime?
Robberies would affect personal property
oPersonal safety injury, death, murder, etc.
•Vertical or horizontal dimensions of the RoL?
oVertical – if there’s crime and the state isn’t acting upon it that's an issue
oHorizontal – affects the relationship between people
•In LA, there are huge concerns about insecurity and crime