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POL2104 Midterm Review

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University of Ottawa
Political Science
Emily Regan Wills

Brandon Diamond - 5710000 POL2104 Midterm Study Sheet KKV, "The Science in Social Science"-one of most read/assigned books in graduate political studies, intervention into field of political science at particular moment and a broader contribution to research methodology. KKV believe all empirical research about social reality needs to follow these core elements of scientific method. Scientific Research: -does not have to be quantitative, no complete certainty, does not have tomeet experimental standards. goal is inference, procedures public, uncertain conclusions, content is method (whatmakes something science is how you do it, not whatyou do.). Inference: make a claim beyond that data. can be descriptive(about nature or qualities) or causal (how or why it causessomething) Points: principles are fairly open and flexible, apply to hugerange of research and concepts, been used to bludgeon a lot of "alternative" research. Leverage: explaining a lot with little ; Parsimony: explanation with fewest moving pieces. ; Validity: do we know we are measuring right thing ; Reliability: do we know we are getting "right" responses. ; Observable Implications: theory of what might be going on, figure out what we might see if true.-All research can be scientific if meets guidelines, inference based on: empirical data, public methods, estimates of certainty. Attempt to unify field of poli-sci and subject to "one logic", more consistent. Hawkesworth, "Contending Conceptions of Science and Politics" -bible for interpretivism: beyond quant/qual division(frequently beyond poli-sci as well), focuses onrole of meaning in politics and social life. Positivism: contingent proposition is meaningful if it can be empirically verified. (KKV). Critical Rationalism: Karl Popper, assumed identical to positivism. key point: falsification, second: testability Post positivist/Pre Suppositionists: worldmakes sense through theories we have about it. coherence theory of truth: "world is richer than theories devised to grasp it" central focus on: deliberation, argument and demonstrating ideas & facts. "The Political" contestation: is sphere where people deliberate and contest about organization of human societies structured by social structures and formal elements (institutions); highly unequal; contestation can be empirical and normative Case Studies: "Forecasting 2103 German Elections": using numerous variables(unemployment rate, chancellor support) to try and accurately forecast the outcome ofEuropean elections. "Arab Uprisings": looking at the use of policing/protection of spaces used in protest movements. talk about howrural areas develop uprisings due to lack of policing which then travel towards andmove into big cities creating large protests in large public spaces. Weber, "Politics as a Vocation"-founding fathers of sociology. Interpretive. Was a speech given to group of uni students during revolution in Germany Jan. 1919. students supported communist revolutionaries and concerned how to act politically. for Weber: state is human community that(successfully) claims monopoly on legitimate use of violence in given territory. modern state is a compulsory association that organizes domination. Lenin, "State and Revolution"-1917 during Russian Revolution, Lenin about to lead Bolsheviks in October Revolution, which would make him ruler of Russia. meant as manifesto for fellow communists, guideline to development of Communist Politics. Lenin Says: state is "special apparatus for coercion" "a special machine for suppressionof one class by another...of themajority by aminority". state will wither away with rise of communism, because it creates situation where people self govern at basic level, and state tools of repression not needed. -Westphalia State System: "The Peace of Westphalia" series of treaties negotiated amongmajor European kingdoms in 1648. first formal acknowledgement of principle of state sovereignty (states should be independent without force to overrule), including non intervention in affairs of states, self determination of people/citizenry of country, legal equality of all states. cornerstone of international state system. O'Neil, "States"-- States are the dominant political unit in the world; the state as an institution developed b/c of European political processes, but spread, through colonialism, to encompass the rest of the world.- Referring to the monopoly on violence - or even to the nature of the state as a “compulsory organization of domination” (Weber) - He doesn’t explain the experience of the state, what people do in the state and how they feel about it. State, Regime, Government- State: the legal entity, the thing with borders & a population - Regime: the system of rule & the major elements of what makes up the human experience of being governed in the state - Government: who is actually doing the governing - Institutional Definition of Politics: Politics is about formal political institutions - Power Struggles/Realist Definition of Politics: Politics is about the will to power - Pluralist Conception of Power: Politics is about groups competing& struggling for gain/to be heard - Functionalist Definition of Politics: We should study the fundamental social institutions of a political system/all political systems Key Elements of Stateness - Legitimacy: that the people who live inside the state accept that it is the state, The regimeor government can lose legitimacy while the state retains it - Capacity: the ability government to accomplish the tasks it sets itself, and to continue the tasks (if applicable)-Teacher thinks capacity changes more from regime to regime, instead of government to government -Autonomy: the ability to act without being constrained by non-state actors, whether domestic or foreign. The Failed State Index - measures ability of state to accomplish tasks essential for stateness as defined, believing non-failed states are less likely for conflict. ranks all world states in terms of level of failure, on scale from "alert" to "warning" to "stable" to "sustainable" - Ranks all world states in terms of their level of failure, on a scale from “alert” (states most at risk of failure” to “warning” to “stability” to sustainable. Social Indicators: Demographic Pressures, Group Grievance, Refugees & IDPs, Human flight& Brain Drain Economic Indicators: Uneven Economic Development, Poverty & Economic Decline. Political & Military Indicators: State Legitimacy, Human Rights & Rule of Law, FactionalizedElites, Public Services, Security Apparatus, External Intervention Case Studies: "There is no Congo": Congo does not fit criteria for state: legitimacy, capacity, autonomy. and has numerous divided "states". our current int. efforts to help are focused on capital as state when not the case. "Local State in India": not sure Schmitter and Karl, "What Democracy Is (And Is Not)": “There is an understandable temptation to load too many expectations on this concept& to imagine that by attaining democracy, a society will have resolved all of its political, social, economic, administrative, & cultural problems.” “Modern political democracy is a system of governance in which rulers are held accountable for their actions in the public realm, by citizens, acting indirectly through the competition & cooperation of their elected representatives.” system of governance: a set of rules of how the country is run; rulers: decision makers exist ; held accountable: rulers can’t do anything ; actions: Rulers must do things, accountable for actions ; Public realm: it’s not closed where only certain people can enter it ; citizens: has people ; acting indirectly: has representatives ; competition: political views being argued on ; refe
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