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POL101Y1 Study Guide - Final Guide: Regional Integration, Ontario Health Insurance Plan, Main Source

Political Science
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Jeffrey Kopstein
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January 24, 2011
The Future of the Nation-State
If nationalism is a function of the modern society, once modern society is “completed” shouldn‟t
the age of the nation state pass?
- Regional integration -
- European Union Common economic area, with a common customs border
o Less barriers of trade in EU states than in the Provinces of Canada.
o There are barriers with inter-provincial trading within Canada. (health care, if you
move to another province you have to wait 4 months before you get the next
provinces version of OHIP).
o Quebec is so autonomous at this point that they don‟t need to separate.
- Local revival nationalism
Weber: Protestant Ethic
Why did the west get rich?
- They stole it: imperialism.
- Problem: why didn‟t they steal it from us first?
o They would have but they couldn‟t. They didn‟t work together because they
didn‟t have the strides in working together.
- What are the origins of technological superiority?
- Weather: warming up of Europe after 15th century?
- Problem: why didn‟t warm areas get rich?
- What was it about northwest part of Europe that made it unique?
- Protestantism and capitalism.
o It was protestant because Catholicism was very restrictive, and Protestantism was
less restrictive.
- Weber wasn‟t the first to do this: in fact most social theorists were responding to Karl
- Published as two long articles in 1904 and 1905
- Opens it with a statistical fact: “business leaders and owners of capital, as well as the
higher grades of skilled labour, and even more the higher technically and commercially
trained personnel…”
- Not merely a contemporary fact but a historical fact: tracing the association back, it can
be shown that some of the early centres of capitalist development in the early part of the
16th century were strongly protestant.
Protestant Ethic
- But this interpretation does not stand up to scrutiny.
- Reformation not an escape from controls of the church.
- It involved a much higher degree of regulation of behaviour than that which was
demanded by Catholicism.
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