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Lecture 18

POL101 Lecture 18

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Political Science
Jeffrey Kopstein

Lecture 18 Paper due date pushed back a week - March 21st Proposals still due week of March 7th; will be graded & returned during office hours, week of March 14th (peer reviewed as well) basically a three-week sequence Seeing Inequality .wma Audio recording started: 12:22 PM February-28-11 Essentially been looking at how economies grow; but today, well be looking @ distributive qualities of growth; & why? (politicaleconomic forces behind it) Seeing Inequality 1. Bearing witness 2. Counting inequality 3. $1day versus $2day 4. Seeing inequality (in person vs. second-hand) 5. Seeing data - numbers, quantified look @this data in the aggregate (e.g. Growing at 10% a year, 5% a year, etc.) but when we disaggregate the data, look @through a different set of lenses, we see a different story by look at it differently, we see a different story (e.g. 10% of Canadians living below the poverty line vs. 3 million Canadians living below the poverty line) ~ the wage gap between immigrant & non-immigrant families is growing 6. e.g. This dollarday - the bare minimum you need to survive (according to international standards) - the global poverty line - politically important by these standards, hundreds of millions of Chinese have exceed this in the last few decades -> however, once you increase the threshold from $1day to $2day, stats show that ~45% of Chinese still live below that threshold (approximately 600 million people; almost 20x the population of Canada) 7. How you see the data will tell you different stories Four Vignettes 8. 4 Cases o Global inequality o The work & welfare state o Gendering social protection o Local solutions 9. Why rich countries are getting richer & poor countries getting poorer 10. The wonderful successes of the welfare state, as well as some of its limitations (especially as it pertains to idea of work) 11. Spin on the welfare state -> inequality thereof through the lens of gender 12. Solutions beyond the nation-state
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