POLS 110 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Corporatism, Occupational Safety And Health, Pension

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Lecture #4 september 24th the state . A human community that successfully claims monopoly of the legitimate use of physical force within a given territory - max weber (the only group of people who legitimately uses force in a given territory. Historical origin of modern usage: peace of westphalia 1648. Government as offices/officers charged with performing functions of governance (making decisions and acting them out) State as the whole edifice, all political authority within a given. Political obligation = why we should obey the laws of the state (obligation to pay taxes, obligation to follow the laws) Different states can be evaluated according to different criteria: (e. g. ) Limited (the state is just there to provide policing or military force) vs interventionist (intervenes in people"s lives in various ways (creating laws such as staying in school, have to pay into a public pension plan) If limited, why and how? (public opinion prevents the state from going beyond its boundaries)

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