By Trevor Munroe
Crucial fabric for first-year scholars in social sciences and for the overall reader drawn to the fundamentals of latest politics.
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Extra resources for An Introduction to Politics: Lectures for First Year Students
Fourth, political science considers the international level – the relationships (economic, cultural, diplomatic) between different countries. S E CT I O N III DEMOCRACY: REPRESENTATIVE AND PARTICIPATORY; PARLIAMENTARY AND PRESIDENTIAL 6 THE STATE The state is as central to politics and political science as the firm is to microeconomics or as social stratification is to sociology. The state may be defined as a set of institutions, offices and officials, whose decisions are regarded as binding over all and who have supreme authority to enforce compliance or obedience from the population of a given geographic area.
PRIMARY POLITICAL SOCIALIZATION Primary political socialization takes place through relationships or processes that are relatively informal, unstructured, and unorganized. The first agent is the family or, more broadly, the household unit. The family or household unit is extremely important in our political upbringing on at least two different levels. The first is that it is within the family that we are exposed for the first time to political loyalties and to political hostilities. Without knowing it, a child is able to sense where the loyalties of adults lie, which leader, which party they support or reject.
Distinctions need to be made within the category of democracy in examining the nature and character of democratic states. 9 TYPES OF DEMOCRACY DIRECT AND INDIRECT DEMOCRACY Direct and indirect democracy may be distinguished according to how the people exercise their power or their rule in the democratic state. However, as with authoritarian and democratic states, these types do not exist in pure form. Direct Democracy A direct democracy, sometimes called a participatory democracy, is a state in which the people themselves play a more direct role in running the state, in making laws and taking decisions.
An Introduction to Politics: Lectures for First Year Students by Trevor Munroe
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