POLI 2053 class notes 2

POLI 2053 class notes 2 - Wednesday, February 04, 2009 POLI...

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Wednesday, February 04, 2009 POLI 2053 class notes 2 New York Times Readings: o Pg 1 secular parties and the prime minister o Pg 6 Iceland names a new prime minister o Pg B2 making the best of bad banks o Pg B4 internet comes before electricity o Pg B7 London paper that is owned by a Russian o Tuesday untapped bounty meets nationalism (Bolivia electric mineral?) o Pg 5 Iraqi voters o Pg 7 storm in London and Treasure hunters o Pg7 shoe is thrown at prime minister o Pg 7 Greek farmers and police experience clash o Pg 8 days of turbulent politics o Pg 10 two articles on China (joblessness and human rights) o Pg 11 brief article on Venezuela o Pg 23 Iraq voted o Wednesday pg 5 as votes are tallied o Pg 10 Economic decline lifts prospect The British Political System For a student of politics the British political system represents the foundation of parliamentary democracy British system is also widely seen as a model that is often described as the Westminister model District in London where Parliament is located Also includes an area known as downing ST where the Prime minister lives (#10 downingst)
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Wednesday, February 04, 2009 Also contains Whitehall where government offices are located Official name of this country is also somewhat confusing o Often described as one crown and 5 nations One crown represented by queen of England or in other words the monarchy Other 5 consists of England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Ireland Since 1801 the country is officially known as United Kingdom of Great Britain and N. Ireland Much of what exists in England is largely because the country has been able to maintain some sense of preservation and tradition that they refuse to give away Changes have taken place in many other countries of Europe, however Britain has been able to maintain itself over the years (still have monarchy and have the pound currency) Most changed that has taken place in Britain happened since 1997 when Tony Blaire came to power Tony Blaire: o Allowed Britain to incorporate European human rights law into the British system o Devolution- which means to give power out to other areas (G.B was very centralized power) o He allowed some of the constituent areas to gain control of their own line o For that reason Wales had an assembly since 1997 o Scotland has a parliament o Northern Ireland was even supposed to have their own form of government o However, much of this devolution has not always been easy or successful o City of London for the first time after 1997 got their first mayor, even though a person Tony Blaire disliked very strongly, was the first one to win this office (Ken Livingston)
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Wednesday, February 04, 2009 o Today, however, Livingston lost seat in 2008, and now Borris Johnson has taken over this post o Tried to transform or remake the House of Lords The HOL is the upper house of the British parliament and historically has often favored the conservative party When Tony Blaire introduced these changes that included appointment and
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