Semester 1 Politics Lecture Notes.docx

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Published on 16 Apr 2013
School
Queen's University
Department
Political Studies
Course
POLS 110
Week One Lecture 16/09/2012 4:15:00 PM
“Man, by nature is a political animal.” – Aristotle
Who is Man?
Excluded women until 1918
Excluded aboriginals until 1960
o Now universal but women, minorities, poor still underrepresented
What is Nature?
Nature: innate, Nurture: socialized
An automatic function as innate as breathing
Politics so central it infuses everything we do
o Not as much for our society
What is Political?
We believe it must involve an election
o We regulate budget, advertising, behaviour of candidates only
during elections
Discussion of the appropriate sphere of the state
o should the state be involved (ie. education, healthcare)
government = party with most number of seats (cabnet)
state = government, parliament, courts
o positive and negative rights (gay marriage, gun control, etc.)
negative right: state can‟t prohibit something (ie. right to
protest)
What is Animal?
Creature that thrives, socializes, adapts, learns, etc.
Thrives on discussion need politics
Concepts in politics are “essentially contested” – William Connelly
What should be the role of the state?
What is public what is private?
Negative Externality: something that affects others not you
State should be involved (ie. regulate hybrid cars)
Should the state intervene?
Your answer tells us something about under what circumstances the state
should regulate society
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What assumptions do you make about civil society, the power of the state
and its capacity?
Politics: the art of government
State centred view politics is what governments do
Who gives power + the power
The personal is political (feminists)
o Women have autonomy over their bodies personal
o Domestic abuse is political
o Relationship between men and women in society is political
Politics: a method
Means of resolving scarce resources
o “politics is about who gets what, when and why” – Lasswell
o deciding where resources should go
The art of the possible
o Based on debate and deliberation
Politics: as power
“Politics is the heart of all collective activity, formal and informal, public
and private, in all human groups, institutions, and societies.” Adrian
Leftwhich
o If everything is political nothing is
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Man, by nature is a political animal. aristotle. Excluded aboriginals until 1960: now universal but women, minorities, poor still underrepresented. An automatic function as innate as breathing. Politics so central it infuses everything we do: not as much for our society. We believe it must involve an election: we regulate budget, advertising, behaviour of candidates only during elections. Discussion of the appropriate sphere of the state: should the state be involved (ie. education, healthcare) Government = party with most number of seats (cabnet) State = government, parliament, courts: positive and negative rights (gay marriage, gun control, etc. ) Negative right: state can t prohibit something (ie. right to. Creature that thrives, socializes, adapts, learns, etc. Concepts in politics are essentially contested william connelly. Negative externality: something that affects others not you. State should be involved (ie. regulate hybrid cars) Your answer tells us something about under what circumstances the state should regulate society. State centred view politics is what governments do.

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