10-6-08 - POLITICAL SCIENCE Political Ideology(Comparative...

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10/6/08 - POLITICAL SCIENCE Political Ideology (Comparative): Republicans/Conservatism – Individualistic, minimal, government, traditional social/moral values. Democrats/Liberalism (US) – Societal explanations for societal ills like poverty support activist government; more tolerant of alternative lifestyles and individual freedoms. Libertarians – minimal government involvement. Britain: Birthplace of parliamentary democracy Birthplace of industrial revolution and modern capitalism Birthplace of English – the “global language” of business, trade, communications Leading member of all key international organizations (IMF, WTO, World Bank, NATO, UN, EU) Strong regional identities, social class divisions, problems with racism in urban areas. (Westminister) Political System (UK vs. US): Constitutional Monarchy - Republic o Separate Head of State Unitary State (unicameral) – Federal (bicameral) o Devolution to the regions/London Parliamentary (646 MPs) – Presidential (SOP) o
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