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Department
Political Science
Course
POLB50Y3
Professor
James Mc Allister
Semester
Winter

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INTRODUCTION thWeek 1 January 12Critical Issues and Key ConceptsWhat is politics Politics is an activity in which conflicting interests struggle for power advantage or dominance in the making and execution of public policyDavid Eastons definition Harold Lasswells definitionPolitics takes place in public You make binding decisions in the public realmPowerthe ability of one actor to impose its will on another get its own way do or get what it wantsMay involve coercion influence or authorityTo achieve what one wantsInfluencethe ability of one actor to convince another that a particular action is reasonable or in their best interestsAuthorityrecognition that those issuing a command have the right to do so and be obeyed Traditional Charismatic Rational or Bureaucratic authorityConstitutionprovides the legal basis for the legitimate exercise of state powe
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