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Politics

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Department
Sociology
Course
SOCA02H3
Professor
Malcolm Mac Kinnon
Semester
Winter

Description
Sociology II Feb1711 Politics Lecture The state and civil society - Political sociology mainly concerned with institutions that specialize in exercise of power and authority The state: Comprises institutions that formulate and carry out countrys laws and public policies In performing these functions, the state regulates citizens in civil society, or private sphere of social life Power is the most important part in politics What is Politics? Key terms Politics is machine that determines who gets what, when, and how (Lasswell, 1936) Power - the ability to control others, even against their will - fuels the machine Use of power sometimes involves force When most people basically agree with how political machine is run, raw power becomes authority, which is legitimate, institutionalized power Power is legitimate when people regard its use as morally correct or justified Power is institutionalized when norms and statuses of socia
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