Political Culture & Law

Political Culture Culture: ‘patterns of beliefs and behaviour’ Institutional arrangements Social traits Political culture = cultural attitudes towards politics & government Attitudes, beliefs, values, norms about political issues and ideas Cultural differences among different groups and states Ideology Three categories of political culture: Parochial = negative + low Subject = positive + low Participatory =…

Government Forms: Parliamentary, Presidential, Constitutionalism

Centralization: What Form? Issue: how much centralization of power into the hands of a State government? classification = 4 types 1. Unitary central State government = all powers & govern whole state no legal challenger in political system, unlcss created by central government most common form: 150 states often: no constitution but traditional rules egs?…

Government Systems: Monarchy, Aristocracy, Democracy, Oligarchy

Classification Typology: classification system for claiming broad similarities or differences Aristotle’s typology based on two questions: who rules? in whose interest? Who Rules Lawful (common good) Lawless (private interest) One Monarchy Tyranny Few Aristocracy Oligarchy Many Polity Democracy modern concept of “democracy” = polity — constitutional democracy Dickerson and Flanagan’s modern typology Political System: Liberal…

United States Republicans & Democrats: Candidates & Platforms

The two major parties in the United States, the Republicans and the Democrats, vary widely on all issues. The Democrats align themselves to the left and center of the political spectrum, while the Republicans are further to the right. The Republican Party has a more conservative viewpoint, while the Democratic viewpoint is more liberal. The…

Domestic Violence in Aboriginal Communities: Woman & Child Abuse

Domestic violence can be defined as the use of physical abuse in an intimate relationship including emotional, psychological and sexual abuse (Bopp, et al., 2006). Over the past few decades, the issue of domestic violence has become more prominent in our society. This issue within the Aboriginal community has been increasing more rapidly than ever…

Concepts of Politics: Power, Government, Society

Claims Society Politics Government Sovereignty(citizenship) The stats Power Claims Empirical = factual claims pointing to actual evidence Normative = evaluative (moral evaluation) Combination of both in all claims about politics, etc. Make a balance of both Society 2 or more people developing/having a social relationship with each other voluntary & spontaneous you create societies with…