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Political Science 2246E Lecture Notes - Charismatic Authority, North American Free Trade Agreement, Invisible Hand


Department
Political Science
Course Code
Political Science 2246E
Professor
Carolyn Gibson

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9/10/2012 3:08:00 PM
Political Science:
Public Administration
Course Information
Instructor : Ross Gibbons
Office: Room 4136 SSC
Office Hours: Tuesday 2:30-3:30pm
Thursday 3:20-4:20 pm
Marking Scheme
Mid-term test 15% TBA December exam period Dec 8-19
Case Journals 10% (Min 300 Words, Addresses 5 Questions)
Tutorial Participation 10% (Each tutorial missed -10%)
Active Learning-First Term 5% During Class
Critical Thinking Exercise 2.5% Tutorials Sept.17-24
Active Learning-Second Term 5% During Class
Essay Prospectus 2.5% Tutorials Nov.19-29
Essay 20% January 28, 2013 (Essay handed in at the beginning of class)
Turnitin.com 7 DAYS after submitting formal hard copy
Final Exam 30% TBA April 14-30, 2013 (25 MC questions + Essay question
given in advance)
Credits: 9 Case Journals + Essay
Lecture 1 Sept 10 2012
1970 Attacks on government, its agencies and programs
occurred for a variety of reasons
expansions of trade agreements which effectively reduce the
powers of the state (WTO, NAFTA)
lections of neoconservative/neoliberal governments in Britain , the
US and Canada and elsewhere

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policies and programs of de-regulation, privatization and reduced
spending on social programs with greater attention to debt
reduction due to high interest payments
Business versus Bureaucratic power
Elevation of business as the essential partner of government
The elevation of faith in the “market” to the level of religion and
ideology
Critics of “bureaucratic power”
o Liberal democratic social welfare threatens our individual
freedoms (particularly economic freedoms)
o Inefficiency and cost and the pursuit of bureaucratic self-
interest
Businesses went from enemy to partner
Society of Perfect Liberty
Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations , 1776
o Declaration of independence, American Revolution (all
property belonged to the king)
Markets and economic coordination
Invisible hand of self-interest
Concluded his argument for liberalism and free trade
A Society of Perfect Liberty by noting three roles of “great
importance” for the state
“the duty of protecting the society for violence and invasion”
Great Public Works
“the duty of protecting, as far as possible, every member of society
from the injustice of oppression of every other member of it
“the duty of erecting and maintain great public works and certain
public institutions, which it can never be in the interest of any
individual, or group of individuals, to erect and maintain, because
the profit would never repay the expense, though it may frequent
do much more than repay it to a great society”
Authority and Legitimacy
The state, its governments and its public administration
apparatuses possess their authority to act (to tax, to legislate, to
govern) because we believe their exercise of authority is legitimate.
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