For empiricists, observation is key
No point in claims without, proof
Normative: political science is the search for the good life
Power and its Myriad Forms
The Political Engine?
Demonstrate that power has different forms, resides in different places and
need not be conscious
There is no society, there is only individuals and families. –Margaret
Power is the capacity to bring about outcomes
What are we interested in?
o Acquisition of power
Not specifically about size
Power is finite
If you have some, I have less
Power is not what you do, but what you wrought
Who or what has it?
o Power by oratory (Obama)
o Power by status (Bono)
o Power is relationships and structure
o Power is a chain; only as strong as its weakest link
Is low level officer committing war crimes justifiable by orders and the
importance of following orders