Political Science 1020E Lecture Notes - Liberal Democracy, Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Labour Congress

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The political system: based on model of d. easton (1965, main idea, politics is best understood as a dynamic system (regulating patterns) of human interactions. Understand the system and you understand political outcomes. Politics is like the workings of an aquarium. Outputs: outputs then create new demands and supports, basic flow, society to a political level and back again, ignores the idea of a relatively autonomous state . There really is no firm state as the political system is a shifting mix of individuals, groups, and institutions. Individual attitudes, beliefs, orientations, and behaviour towards government and politics: more broad than ideology, almond and s. verba"s classic study of political culture (1961): Populace is aware of politics but is passive towards those in authority: ex: nazi germany, participatory. Populace is aware of politics and participates in governing: ex: the u. s, main idea, if political institutions are not congruent with a certain political culture, then those institutions are unstable.

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