7 Sept 2005 - 7 Sept 2005 Louisiana in Comparative Politics...

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7 Sept 2005 Louisiana in Comparative Politics Corruption Race issues Hurricane Katrina Populism – Huey Long, Edwin Edwards French Influence Diversity (culturally) Economic status o Now is “third world” almost = wealth cover up o Hasn’t done Reform education Doesn’t compare LA to other states WAFB report that Georgia used lottery to reform education (it didn’t work here) New Jersey “Louisiana of the North” because of corruption, it has a negative connotation Gulf = oil problems. Where there is a lot of oil, there is a lot of poverty **On exam** Politics of Katrina : Blame game fed vs. state government vs local government Collapse of political system – we didn’t know what to do (we weren’t ready for emergency) Very bad economic impact Deprivation level/treatment – poor people can’t get out of New Orleans Selective coverage & distribution of help Ordinary people/charitable organizations have helped out when the government takes too long to help/collapses Political System : widely popular in the study of politics & the reason for that is because it indicates that what you put into a system somehow determines what comes out of it – which means that individuals like us have a role to play in the political system determines what happens in politics. Idea also suggests that individuals determine what politicians do because without people there is no politics. This also suggests that our initial success or failure in the process or system does not mean it’s completely over Politics is not isolated, it involves several different actors – it is highly competitive & you must be a participant in order for the process to work correctly. This begins with INPUTS Inputs : needs people have in a given system, such as: roads, protection, health care, basic service, higher wages when we have these needs, we ask for help and for them to be fixed
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Why we have LOBBYISTS – people with needs compete with each other in legislature. Whoever prevails will get their requests as OUTPUTS policy of the administration - if you didn’t agree, wait and see what the output is if it’s positive or negative (*Feedback process) & maybe they’ll take a new issue you might prefer Ex: TOPS – the impact of tops is: smarter people are staying at LSU It is being reformed because so many people lose TOPS (feedback) after a year or so Katrina – systems approach – too idealistic & simplistic, plans do not always work out as planned or assumed This is more suitable for HDC’s (even here it doesn’t work though)
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