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1
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Sylvester’s favorite definition of Politics

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Politics is the authoritative allocation of values - David Easton

2
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What Is Political Science?

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The set of techniques, concepts, and approaches used to evaluate political information with the goal of increasing the accuracy of our understanding of the political world.

3
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What are 5 Major Schools of Political Enquiry

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  • Political theory – Plato etc – Ideology
  • Comparative Politics
  • Canadian (or.. American… French..)
  • Public policy
  • International Relations
4
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What is Government and what is Politics?

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Government is the process that makes and enforces rules and decisions for society; politics is the activity of reconciling conflicts and gathering support that makes government possible…

  • Both arise from the need for people to live in societies
  • For Society to succeed, people must settle conflicts and abide by common rules in such a way that that community is not endangered
  • And one way is through a formal government
5
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Name 7 things that Revolutionaries and Protestors do

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  • Undertake political violence against the political order
  • Engage in civil disobedience
  • Riot
  • Join in public protest demonstrations
  • Attend protest meetings
  • Refuse to obey unjust laws
  • Protest verbally if government does something unacceptable
6
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What are Government Activists?

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Candidates for/hold public office

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What are Partisan Activists?

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  • Contribute money to party/candidate/ issues
  • Attend meetings, rallies
  • Actively work for party/candidate/issues
  • Persuade others how to vote
  • Join and support a party
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What are Community Activists

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  • Active in Community organizations
  • Form groups to work on local issues
  • Contact officials on social issues
  • Work with others on local problems
9
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What are Communicators?

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  • Write letters to media
  • Send support or protest messages to political leaders
  • Engage in political discussions
  • Keep informed about politics
10
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What are Contact Specialists?

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  • Contact local or national officials on particular problems
11
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What are Supporters and Patriots?

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  • Show patriotism by flying flags, attending parades etc
  • Express love of country
  • Pay all taxes
12
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What are Inactives?

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  • No voting
  • No other political activities
  • No patriotic inputs
13
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Magstadt’s Typology of legal

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  • Conventional (attending a political rally, responding to a poll, watching a debate on tv, putting a bumper sticker on your car, voting, writing letters)
  • Professional participation (party officials, lobbyists, political appointees and candidates…very rare)
  • Unconventional: (depends on political culture as to what is conventional and what isn’t; protests, demonstrations, signing petitions, boycotts….)
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Magstadt’s Typology of Illegal

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(Again depends on the type of government)
Civil disobedience (Gandhi)
Revolution
Terrorism
Subversion (attempt to undermine a government)
Sedition (inciting antigovernment acts)

15
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What are the Types of Political Actors

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The simplest answer: There are two types of Political Actors – Leaders and followers

Sometimes called Political Gladiators and Political Observers

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Examples of Political Gladiators

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  • Craig Kielburger
  • Severn Cullis - Suzuki
  • Deng Xioping
  • Wangari Maathai and Jody Williams
  • Simon Jackson
  • Ben West
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What makes political Gladiators tick?

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  • Only 5% of the population
  • Take Leadership positions in the Formal and Informal Political institutions
  • Formal = in the constitution
  • Informal = not in constitution
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What are Wocshinsky’s 7 incentives for Political Leaders ?

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  • Urge to solve public problems
  • Need to be accepted by others
  • Search for fame and glory
  • Desire to follow their conscience serving society
  • Pleasure from competition and the manipulation of others
  • Satisfaction from commitments to a transcendental mission
  • Desire for praise and admiration
19
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What are 5 Characteristics of Influential People?

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  • The ability to understand issues
  • Have what others need or fear
  • Know how to use resources
  • Can access institutions
  • Know how to set objectives