POLS 110 Lecture Notes - Public Property, Leon G. Cooperman

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When do states lose legitimacy?
Popular uprisings
This is not a dislike for the actions of the state, this is used as a basis to
question the legitimacy of the state
Goes to the heart of democracy
Elite Crisis
Can be personal (particular to a person) which is not a crisis to the legitimacy
of the state
Scandals do not count as crisis to the legitimacy
Canada’s Coalition Crisis of 2008
o Steven Harper was in a minority government, meaning he had to get
the support of another system.
o Election October 14, 2008, and that was when the Conservatives won
minority government
o They banned civil workers from striking, sold Crown assets, and
decided that they do not need the subsidy from the government as
they are very intense fundraisers
o State supports parties in some way, so the NDP decided to have a vote
of non-confidence in November 27, 2008, as they did not trust the
government
Conservatives could either call their bluff and agree to go to the
voting
Say there doesn’t need to be a vote after a non-confidence vote
and wanted to talk to the NDP and establish a Coalition
government, where two parties govern together
o The Prime Minister called a time-out in the middle of a play
(prorogation- stop the clock and restart it; all the committee hearing,
bill readings, etc. are wiped out) The Prime Minister had to request
one from the Governor General, and it was approved
o To whom should the Government General be responsible?
Economic Crisis
Is there a tension between capitalism and democracy?
Capitalism stressed fundamental inequality; the real issue is you have to have
rules where people can achieve the same amount of success
Democracy stressed equality; everybody should have the same rights under
the law etc.
Democracy is about groups- ethnicity groups, language groups, gender
groups
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This is not a dislike for the actions of the state, this is used as a basis to question the legitimacy of the state. Can be personal (particular to a person) which is not a crisis to the legitimacy of the state. Scandals do not count as crisis to the legitimacy. Conservatives could either call their bluff and agree to go to the voting. Capitalism stressed fundamental inequality; the real issue is you have to have rules where people can achieve the same amount of success. Democracy stressed equality; everybody should have the same rights under the law etc. Democracy is about groups- ethnicity groups, language groups, gender groups. Authority and its realm provokes ideological disagreement. Legitimacy is necessary for the stability of any political system but may be manufactured. States can lose legitimacy so all states manufacture legitimacy. To explain ideology and discuss how ideology is formed. Debates about ideology are really proxies for the goals of politics.

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