Politics Nov22 - Politics Nov 22 07 How do we judge when a state has gone too far in our name We're exploring how a liberal democratic state claims

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Politics Nov. 22, 07 How do we judge when a state has gone too far in our name? We’re exploring how a liberal democratic state claims legitimacy Max Weber (1864-1920): His definition of the state is still the most used. “The state is an entity that has a monopoly over legitimate violence over a given territory.” State sovereignty – Who has the final authority in the state to make particular decisions on violence Regime is the kind of political order that exercises the power of the state Government are the officers that occupy the roles and give out the decisions Liberal Democracy is a particular kind of regime Core features: embodies commitment to individual liberty, equality, and the rule of law (constitutional and procedure and application Three spheres of social political activity: state/politics (which would be generally autonomous from…), religion, and economy Formation of Lib Dem begins in 17 th century Europe Hobbes and Locke: How do we get perspective? - Thought experiment: imagine life without the state - Liberal Democracy is on the decline - What will replace it? Global empire, global gov’t, etc. - Criteria for what constitutes political legitimacy - Hobbes and Locke were seeing a Europe where the structure of political authority (divine right) was dissolving - So how do you think clearly on what constitutes legitimate political authority when everything is fucked up? -
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This note was uploaded on 04/20/2008 for the course POL 105Y1 taught by Professor Williams during the Spring '08 term at University of Toronto- Toronto.

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