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POL2156-What does politics mean to you-1.docx

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What does politics mean to you? Politics as a contested concept Why so many possible associations? Politics is ‘an essentially contested subject’ (W.B Gallie) Can’t separate out positive is &normative (ought) Term is loaded with value judgements Political as praise or insult Goals of studying politics Understand and explain (political processes, policies, decisions, events) Try to answer key questions: Why did X happen (election, policy decision, pattern of inequality) How does X work? What are the implications? Different ways of doing so Different approaches Theories Definitions Concepts Make us look at different things And come up with different answers and actions Two major approaches All about structure Macro-major structural forces, class, democracy, ethnicity, Democracies do not go to war with eachother Marxism, Realists-states will always seek their own self-interests Or agency?
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