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Unformatted text preview: ITS 201 (Day 1 class notes) 1/12/11 • Political Science o What is politics? o Word Association: issues, corruption, government, Washington, money, • Politics o Power and conflict- “its not politics its not consensual” talking about the Democratic government. o Scientific method- being able to tag people (politicians) to what they actually do and say. o What is the difference between what historians and political scientists do? Historians- “we don’t have all the information we need, it’s how we frame the question. Conservatives- lower taxes, individual responsibility, traditional, going back to the founding fathers, smaller government. Parsimony- makes policymaking simpler, gives us an answer. Manageable way to come up with evidence and explaining it in a way that all can understand so policymaking becomes easier. Political scientists- have to make policy, have to have evidence to base this off of. o What is behaviorism? Looking at actions that people take o What are its weaknesses? We don’t know what people ACTUALLY think. Ex) Bill Clinton- is he a liberal or conservatism? He played the middle, so nobody knew what side he actually favored except for Bill Clinton. o What inhibits politics, and what issues resist the functioning of politics today? Power- more about keeping the power to get re-elected, start loosing focus and doing the right thing or what you truly believe in. Ideology- nationalism, identity is wrapped up in your nation (being apart of a nation sharing similar values and beliefs), religion, family values, abortion. Politicians have principles, which inhibits politics because it creates a right/wrong debate with no solution or compromise. Poverty, corruption in execution of the law, lack of security, legitimacy of law, illiteracy, bureaucracy, myth (what’s in the constitution), Ideology---“isms” o Fundamentalism- Osama Bin Laden o Major Fields American politics o Identifications Politics Political science Behaviorism International studies International relations Comparative politics- domestic politics outside the US. Ex) Comparing the US and China when it comes to power. Political theory International Politics Hegemony- economic/political dominance in a region or area. Multipolar- many difference power centers. Ex) EU, China, USA Bipolar- two powers controlling the world. Started during the Cold War with the Soviet Union and the United States. Unipolar- Parliament- lead by a prime minister and elected by the legislature Presidential- lead by a president and is elected by the people Communism- China, Cuba, North Korea. Som, work for the people and according to your ability and need....
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