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Department
Political Science
Course
POL2104
Professor
Joseph Roman
Semester
Winter

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February 14, 2013 1) What are ideologies and what do they do? 2) Types of ideologies 3) The end of ideologies? What are ideologies and what do they do? - Very crucial—shape sorts of struggles that take place within the political arena - Galvanize people o Who might have the same values/interests/identities … - All political parties are formed along ideological lines - Typically the distinction is made along the left and right spectrum - Left=communism right=facism - We see a variety of ideological - Left/right lines are useful – help to organise and categorise people’s beliefs - This affects how we see left and right today o The more radical parties= left o Tradition= right - Always fluid o A lot of commitment to certain concepts change over time o Different things change over time o Because of this fluidity you have to make a distinction between thte actuality and ideology o Always affected by what is going on around them - Important to remember that ideologies influence each other to some extent - Can’t compartmentalise them from each other - What makes up an ideology 1) Ideologies always offer a view/interpretation of the world o Epistemology—how do we know things? 2) Offer empirical explanations 3) Normative prescription 4) Offer a plan of action Types of Ideologies - Conservatism o view society in organic terms o What matters are groups o Individuals do not really matter o Emphasis sticking to tradition o Believe that we should stick with accumulated wisdom of past generations o Open to change o  Just make sure it proceeds slowly o Pessimistic about human nature o Insist on social hierarchies  If you know our place you will have order o Inequality is inevitable o Free market—skeptical  If you look at how markets function they are inherently order busting  Arguments within conservatism about what should be done in terms of free markets  Canada had the red tory who did support the welfare state because they ensured order 
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