What is politics?
- Elections - (people with formal decision making powers are elected – classified as formal politics)
- Demonstrations - (informal protests – 99 percent, tea party, etc. seeking change through public pressure)
- Policy Decisions – reaction by the people to policy decisions (obamacare)
Politics has numerous aspects:
- Social –(demonstrations, elections) politics is about groups (politics is a collective action)
- Process – (legislative traditions (USA – congress)
- Conflict – (war)
- Binding decisions – (law)
- Enforced –(judicial, armed forces, etc)
- Who Gets What, When, and How?
Between Love and War
Pure Conflict = War
Pure Cooperation = Love
Politics = Conflicts and Cooperation
Food For Thought (questions relating to politics based off the video)
Can war be ended?
- Social Science Claim : democracies do not engage each other in war