8. March 12 Lecture 8.doc

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Public Policy and Administration Studies
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PPAS 2110
Peter Constantinou

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PPAS 2110 Canadian Government Parties and Interest groups - Both overlap but yet have differences - Parties are the link to government and those who are governed - Parties are there to serve political leadership - Serving as transmission belts for information – often citizens take their cues from parties (go for parties who have certain policies) - ^ transmission from society and state Political parties - Not all political parties use all its functions like the “French parties” (strong ideological perspective, without any hope or interest in forming government) - To oversee government – about opposition parties (check what the government does) Political parties and democratic ideals - Democratic parties are the source or instrument for the public How people pick between political parties? - Always strategic - ^ vote for the second most voted party - ^ the more votes you have, more money you get - ^ people identity with the party (like party loyalty) - ^ very local focus (political party has done something for their community or will do something for their community) - ^ people identity with the leader (like Jack Lyton – so people vote for that particular individual not really the party) - ^ ideology is influenced with those with those who are high educated (what is important to the individual) - ^ Issues voter (voter who votes for certain issues like voting against abortion) Ideologies - Most political parties are founded by those with particular ideologies, but over time, that ideologies fade but still remain - Political parties change their ideologies Ideological spectrum - French revolution (changes) sat on the left, but those on the right, stays the same sat on the right. - This model is quite limited for parties (only associated with either right or left) - Fascism = conservatives, and socialist = liberals - Socialist – want to take over everything, conservative – all economic (based on profit) - Tea party is not very well formed – can be authoritarian or libertarian (when it comes to law (if a child need vaccination), more libertarian but when it comes to family values (gay marriage) authoritarian Authoritarian Left Right Libertarian - More political parties are going towards the cente
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