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POLS 1150 Chapter Notes - Chapter All Chapters: Civil Society


Department
Political Science
Course Code
POLS 1150
Professor
Kate Puddister
Chapter
All Chapters

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Politics: An Introduction to the Modern Democratic State
INTRODUCTION:
Politics is about questions about government, election, power and more.
Politics is Relational:
Relationships between the government (running) and its citizens (voting).
Politics is Behavioural:
What people do, did are going to do.
Directly (Discussions) or Indirectly (Making the law)
Politics involves Institutions:
Institutions are identified based on what goes on within them.
Legislatures, Executive Offices, the Courts and Government Bureaucracies.
Politics is Dynamic:
Political Process: Flow of information from public to government and then public policies.
Making of laws (Internal Processes) and Public opinion and social movements (External).
Politics is about Outcomes:
Process delivers an outcome (Could be any outcome good or bad).
Politics is Social:
Politics is concerned with the Social Whole (community, nation, society).
Politics is Historical:
Transformation from colony to independence alters politics.
Politics is Cultural:
Politics is about ideas (free), concepts, principles (rule of law), values, beliefs and norms (rights).
Comparative Approach:
Follows Aristotle.
The Study of Canadian Politics is understanding the relationship among federal government and
provinces.
CHAPTER 1: Co-operation, Coercion, and Consent
Our Social Nature:
Humans live together and are necessarily social; people must co-operate (work together) to live in such
societies.
Without politics there is no sense of co-operation and conflict arises. Co-ordination (1 leader)
Communities are Cohesive:
Society is large in scale where one lives unrecognized.
Community is smaller in scale where one must connect as family.
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