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POLS 1400- Final Exam Guide - Comprehensive Notes for the exam ( 65 pages long!)


Department
Political Science
Course Code
POLS 1400
Professor
Nanita Mohan
Study Guide
Final

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U of G
POLS 1400
Final EXAM
STUDY GUIDE

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Concepts
Politics: What- Anything (ex. freedom)
When- As important as what (ex. Prorogued Parliament)
How- most important, electoral system (ex. First past the post) is
very weak (elections not very democratic)
Who- Everyone
Strategic Voting- Being a green party voter but they will never win, so
you vote for conservatives because the race is between conserv and libs and
you hate libs
Ontario trying to change with proportional representation
Government- set of institutions, any level of parliament and any
institution involved in politics
Ideology- ideas that support economics, politics and social theory
Public Administration- how governments conduct themselves
Bureaucracy- organizations
Politicians- elected officials
Bureaucrats- appointed
Democracy in Canada is taking away peoples freedoms (rep democracy)
Direct Democracy- No voting referendums and surveys and polls
Canadian Referendums- Quebec Separating (unsuccessful)
Deliberate Democracy- citizens discuss
Right and Left wing- becoming outdated
New thing is centrist- left in something, right on other
Political Parties cant have distinct wings anymore or they wont get votes
Democracy- You have to be legitimate to vote in Canada
Socialism -Today: contemporary liberalism, which is the protection of group
rights over individual rights
Classical to contemporary Liberalism (Multicultural)
Scott Burke: refused to print flyers at work because he was
anti-gay. Fired for it and took it to court. Controversy over him having his
rights and those gay people having their rights.
Dominant ideology
Liberally minded though (pro choice, pro same sex marriage
ect)
Harper has become a successful leader because with lesser
government intervention comes less promises and he was still able to win a
minority first and eventually majority
Harpers 5 promises:
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1. child care policy (for every child under 6 their parents will recieve 100$
a month till 6 years old) was the most effective.
2. Long-Gun registry: Harper trying to scrap it because it cost a billion $$
to run it (that money can go somewhere else).
3. Anti- terrorist Act 2006, toughened security. Now police can arrest you
and detain you for up to 3 days and not tell you why before you even
commit a crime and this is completely against your freedom.
4. Crime Bill- no tolerance for sexual crimes (mandatory minimum
sentence) Not popular because there is controversy over what is
harmless/not harmless sexual expression ex. sexting
5. Federal Accountability Act: in response to Sponsorship scandal,
created more regulatory systems to show how the government is
spending money.
Socialism: ex. Finland speeding ticket depends on how much your income is.
ADDITION: Social Democrats (NDP: you work with existing capitalist
system to make it more equal) vs. Democratic Socialism: (very radical
and super left-wing, want to completely remove capitalism)
Social Programs: universal health care (two tier health care like Quebec)
ADDITION: Employment Equity- 4 disadvantaged groups (Aboriginals,
visible minorities, women, people with disabilities) ex. two resumes (one
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