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Mar 29 – Interest Groups & Social Movements

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Political Science
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POL214Y1
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POL 203
Mar 29 Interest Groups & Social Movements
Exam is in EX200 and EX300 from 2:10 to 4:00
Format is the same as first term
oThree sections, three essay topics in each sections
oEach essay is of equal value
oMake sure you do all three; dont sacrifice one for another
Good exam question from last week:
oPerspectives and theories on how media shapes and controls political agenda
oDifferent filters on the media (ideological, organizational, regulatory,
technological, etc.)
Today, Jim Flaherty is still Minister of Finance, but he isnt technically an MP
oThe Parliament they were elected in is now dissolved
oCabinet stays in power
However, their powers are limited: Flaherty cant finalize deal with
Quebec offering compensation being asked for the adoption of the HST
in the 90s
Many express concerns that organized interests have undue influence in the political
system
oWouldnt be a problem if these interests coincided with the national interest
oHowever, are they?
oBesides from procedural concerns, common substantive concern with the
dilemma of factionalism
Goals of some groups are contrary to other groups of society as a whole
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POL 203 Mar 29 – Interest Groups & Social Movements • Exam is in EX200 and EX300 from 2:10 to 4:00 • Format is the same as first term o Three sections, three essay topics in each sections o Each essay is of equal value o Make sure you do all three; don’t sacrifice one for another • Good exam question from last week: o Perspectives and theories on how media shapes and controls political agenda o Different filters on the media (ideological, organizational, regulatory, technological, etc.) • Today, Jim Flaherty is still Minister of Finance, but he isn’t technically an MP o The Parliament they were elected in is now dissolved o Cabinet stays in power However, their powers are limited: Flaherty can’t finalize deal with Quebec offering compensation being asked for the adoption of the HST in the 90’s • Many express concerns that organized interests have undue influence in the political system o Wouldn’t be a problem if these interests coincided with the national interest o However, are they? o Besides from procedural concerns, common substantive concern with the dilemma of factionalism Goals of some groups are contrary to other groups of society as a whole www.notesolution.com • Today, first part of lecture on elaborating interest groups inCanada o Conceptual and theoretical ideas o Listing social movements o Different theoretical starting points • Second part: new social movements, green movement in particular o To what extent are these movements going against the political system? • Brooks discusses pressure groups but doesn’t distinct between organized labour, green movements, etc. o Difference between social movements and interest groups o Organization: Interest groups are more lose; may not have formal interest and might disband after their issue is added to the political agenda Social movements more through channels that bypass the state • Go directly to public opinion • Bring different realities in hopes that their idea is contagious • More attached with conceptions of the good, not material interests • Tend to be less rigid o Excludability: Interest groups are concentrated in the membership • Agricultural subsidies only useful if you’re a farmer, etc. Goods generated through a strike is localized to the workers • Yet wages and benefits that are generated also go to non- unionized workers • Ex. 40 hour work week and two day weekend • In the long run, it affects everyone www.notesolution.com • Both interest groups and social movements tend to be lumped together, but they
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