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Lecture 1 - Canadian Politics : Poli 222: Lecture 1 : Ways...

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Canadian Politics : Poli 222: Lecture 1 : Ways of thinking about the political process Ideas Structures Institutions Politics and the policy process : politics the activity by which rival claims are settled by public authorities. Why is this a great definition? Rival : underlines the very important thing about politics, about competition about finite political resources : some cases public finances , in terms of money available to spend on the public , political will, legislative time, public opinion. Only certain number of days legislatures sit Demands and claims that are express through the political system put on politicians : we need more money or more health care, more equality , delivery of public service. More even plain field : opportunity , a political norm for many. Not all demands can be satisfied. When you think about the policy process – you have to think about the policy process and the demand from there. Public : what is required a collective and a public response of the demands , the power of the collective will has to be harvest. Issues can’t be addressed simply by individuals . A Collective Response : the collective institutions Political demands : which are private and public Authority : engage the power of the state. Politics and the Political Process : the definition of the problem that requires a political solution. A political solution, creating or defining a problem from private to public concern. Example : Child care . Manage participation in the work force to care about child care. The political challenge :has to change this definition from a private to a public concern. The ability to
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