Lecture 2 – September 20 2012 – POLB50
- Why people vote in different ways?
- Normative beliefs, analytical beliefs
- Western countries never experience threat from foreign countries
- Should Canadian restrict green house gases to promote markets?
Greenhouse gases increase global warming – analytical belief
If greenhouse gases is restrict, the political economy if it is limited
Should we think about people jobs or the environment?
- Tax payers pay for Canadian student tuition
- Why can’t we choose our own health care providers?
- Sometimes issues come up and we have to make a final decision to it. There has to be a
You can influence collective decision
- Virtually every issue is partly political
- What should be or should not be a political issue?
- Opinions draw the line on what should or should not be political. Example, a man hitting his wife
or parents hitting their children. This overtime became a political issue.
- Power is a key concept in political science
- Politics is a pursue of power
- 1900- The probability of one actor with a good social relationship who’s in a good position will
One actor will get what they want
Children try to pursue power. Example, children try to refuse what to eat from parents.
- How to get power?
Coercion – An agent who is able to impose anything by punishment or threat (ex.
military intervention, Wars)
Legitimacy – people who can impose rules on people because the people think it is right.
Authority is legitimate power. (It is right to follow the law) Legitimacy is imposed in the