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Power and Collective Action
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What is your earliest memory of injustice? What moves you the most when you think about injustice today?
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So, how do people address the inequities they see in their lives?
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Some Basics on Power Basic Premise: It is almost impossible for individuals working by themselves, to take on corporations or government agencies and win. Two types of Power: Organized People Organizing Money
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Power Is … The ability to compel an individual or institution to do something they really DON’T want to do. The ability to give an individual or institution something they REALLY want The ability to deny someone something they REALLY want
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Types of Power Electoral Power: Fear of not being re- elected if campaign continues Economic Power: Fear that company will be hurt and profits lowered if campaign continues Moral Power: Casting the issue in terms of right and wrong – fighting for justice
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What does an organization – whether community-based or labor- based - need to change the terms of debate and really make an impact?
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National Policies What does power have to do with policy? Where does the policy debate traditionally take place? Who traditionally influences/defines the policy debate? Who has power over elected officials?
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The Economy is NOT Like the Weather…
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Partisan Politics Our two major parties have very different “theories” of which kind of economic policies are best for the country. These translate into different public policy proposals. Partisan politics makes a significant difference in patterns of pre-tax income growth
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Bartel’s Findings Republican presidents have produced more income growth for rich families leading to greater income inequality Democratic presidents have produced slightly more income growth for poor families than for rich families leading to a decrease in inequality Families at the 95th income
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