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John Locke and Political Authority - In this paper I will look at how Locke uses of the idea of private property to justify coercive political authority, by using concepts such as the state of nature to frame the argument. I will also look at the strengths and weaknesses with Locke’s position, namely weaknesses relating to the lack of consideration given to the poor, and strengths relating to the rationality of his state of nature, his advocacy for democracy and his distinction between property establishing set boundaries. Finally I will suggest that his theory of government while providing a solid framework, does not account for everyone within society, and as a result lacks persuasiveness....   [tags: Private Property, State of Nature, Strengths]
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The Legitimate Authority of a Despot in the UK - I will advance the thesis, if an enlightened despot seized power in the UK, and governed it justly, then the despot would have legitimate authority. By saying the despot’s authority would be legitimate, I mean that, even though the despot abruptly seized power without the explicit consent of the citizens, which would then result in a loss of autonomy and negative liberty, the authority is governing the society justly, so a small amount of their rights must be sacrificed for a better society....   [tags: political authority, rule, autonomy]
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What Makes a Political Authority Legitimate? - What makes a political authority legitimate. A legitimate political authority, in this essay, will be taken to mean that there is a justification for an individual or a body to have power over other people in determining such things as laws and protection of freedom. To consider this question, three theories shall be looked at – Hobbes’, Rousseau and finally Locke and determine which gives the most persuasive account of legitimate political authority. To begin with, their hypothetical starting point, the state of nature, shall be discussed to establish the foundations of their political authority....   [tags: power, laws, protection of freedom]
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Appropriate Supporter for Political Authority Antigone - Classical plays such as [Apology] this is not a play. It is a Platonic dialogue. and Antigone are sometimes associated with English or philosophy. However, a closer look reveals two different political stand points against the government or the people. Revealed in the play Antigone, the female character is [exposed as a rebellion] awkward against the government; but in the play Apology, a male philosopher is seen as a martyr for his belief in a true justice system. Although both characters have some political standpoint, Socrates, the philosopher, has more respect for the political authority, since he supports [basic civil rights] there was no notion of rights in ancient Greece and follows...   [tags: platonic dialogue, antigone, socrates]
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Political Authority in Sophocles' Antigone - Antigone:  Political Authority Political power results from the fear of force. The individual acts out of a fear of consequences of disobedience and in accordance with the desdire for self-preservation. Political Authority results from a belief in the moral correctness of the organization in question. The individual acts of a sense of obligation and acknowledges the right of the ruler, morally, to rule and the moral correctness of the laws are accepted. The laws are obeyed for their own sake....   [tags: Antigone essays] 414 words
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Michael Huemer’s The Problem Of Political Authority - In Huemer’s The Problem Of Political Authority an argument is made against the idea of political authority. Political authority is defined as the feature that the government has that makes it morally permissible for them to do things that ordinary citizens cannot. The idea in this argument is that the government should not have rights that citizens do not have. The purpose of this paper is to show that Huemer’s argument fails by arguing a consent-based response to Huemer’s criticisms, which shows that the government has politically authority because we have consented to it....   [tags: government's action, citizen's action]
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Machiavelli on the Challenge of Fortune to Political Authority - In Machiavelli, The Prince, the underlying theme of obtaining political status by means of invasion, coercion, heredity and luck is portrayed throughout the text in various chapters. The main emphasis in a stable, self-governing society or state is to obtain a higher political status by any means necessary. There are many political strategies of obtaining fortune but the outcome solely depends on the circumstances and the approach towards this goal. The decisions made by man incorporated with favourable uncontrollable events and the foresight of catastrophes once combined or on its own would aid in the protection of a successful political authority....   [tags: Politics] 926 words
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Legitimacy in The Apology and Oedipus the King - Legitimation refers to people’s beliefs about political authority and the ability to defend these beliefs with justification. The three main sources of legitimacy are typically understood as acceptance of authority and the need to obey its commands. People have faith in political or social order because it has been there for a long time (tradition), have faith in the rulers (charisma), or trust its legality, specifically the rationality of the rule of law (rational) (Weber 1990 [1918]; 1964). Whilst legitimacy is constantly evolving due to current perceptions of society; texts such as ‘Oedipus the King’ (Sophocles) and ‘The Apology’ (Plato) that date back to fifth century BCE explore the not...   [tags: apollo, political authority, legitimation]
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A Powerful Monarch Louis XIV - Louis XIV reigned as the King of France for seventy-two years, making him one of the longest ruling monarchs in the country of Europe. With his interest in the arts he changed France’s culture from medieval to exquisite. Louis wanted to have no remnants of feudalism, he wanted an absolute monarchy. His aim was to have monarchy be the most important political authority. Louis XIV was a very powerful monarch who symbolized absolute monarchy and helped France gain great power. Louis XIV was the first child of Louis XIII and Anne of Austria and was considered to be God-given....   [tags: arts, feudalism, political authority] 1067 words
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Decentralization Policy in Timor-Leste´s Status - By looking at Timor-Leste’s status quo of social, political, and economic conditions since the independence, it has been true to the fact that unemployment is rampant, social service is ineffective, societal basic need is insufficient, and poverty is increasing. The government has attempted to implement decentralization, hoping to escape from these issues. The decentralization policy that was presented by the Ministry of State Administration is considered a remedy. At the outset of decentralization draft in 2006, Timor-Leste’s national leaders, local leaders, such as sub-district and district administrators, and government agencies have been working together to implement decentralization....   [tags: social, political, economic, authority, issues] 1744 words
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Mill´s Construction on Representative Government - ... By valuing the passive quality of political participation over its active quality, he underhandedly undermines the practice of democracy; education need not amount to any influence on the exercise of authority. Surreptitiously, Mill claims democratic influence on the exercise of authority is great theoretically, but only theoretically; practical influence on the exercise of authority must be left to the “specially trained and experienced few” of “superior minds.” Mill openly champions representative government – government in which people rule through their representatives – as the best form of government....   [tags: democratic, government, authority, political] 1005 words
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A Review of Polities, Authority, Identities, and Change - Polities, Authority, Identities and Change yielded after more than 20 years of productive cooperation of Yale H. Ferguson and Richard W. Mansbach. Several years before publishing Policies, in their previous book The Elusive Quest: Theory and International Politics, Ferguson and Mansbach exposed the need for displaying an alternative approach to perceiving and interpreting relations among different polities, which served as a foundation for this book. (Ferguson & Mansbach, 1988). This fourth collaborative book came into light of the day as the reaction to the perceived increasing disparity between international relations academic knowledge (theory) and international relations practice (realit...   [tags: Authority, Identities, Change]
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Political Life and Man’s Ultimate End: Reading the De Regno of St. Thomas Aquinas - St. Thomas’ purpose in writing the De Regno is to provide practical guidance for a Christian king on how it is that he ought to conduct his proper authority. The king, imitating God, is to lead those subject to him to their proper end, and this will be nothing other than communal virtue. This instantiation of the practice of citizen-wide virtue is the intrinsic finality belonging to political society, and for St. Thomas, it is the genuine concern of the king to lead and direct citizens towards the common good....   [tags: authority, common good, governance]
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Constitutional Authority Of The President - Constitutional Authority Of The President One of the greatest debates in the short history of the United States was over the proposed Constitution and did not solely take place inside the walls of the Constitutional convention. Throughout our great nation many individuals from different class levels and occupations became involved in the question over the new plan of government. Many views were expressed through the distribution of pamphlets, sermons, and the release of newspaper essays to sway citizens on the changes proposed....   [tags: US Government Political Science] 1926 words
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Globalization and Political Policy - Globalization can in general be described as the growing interaction amongst integration of activities. This mostly affects economic activities of human societies around the world. Nevertheless more realistically, globalization refers to the increasing economic interdependence of countries or states internationally through the escalating amount and variety of cross-border relations and transactions in goods and services and of global capital stream. It is also through the extra speedy and widespread diffusion of technology....   [tags: Political Policy]
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Challenging Authority: Persepolis Marjane's Life - The transition from high school to college can be a difficult experience, but also life changing. It is a time of independence, along with constant questioning. This transition is a coming of age story, just like the novel Persepolis, the story of Marjane’s childhood and growth. Both are about transitioning from a safe haven to an unknown, distant place. Marjane learns to question authority, and form her own opinions through her experiences during the Iranian Revolution. By the time she steps onto that plane to leave her parents behind in country faced with political unrest, she is an independent woman....   [tags: persepolis, transitioning, challenging authority]
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China's Mixture of Political Systems - Introduction In depicting the International Political Economy, Susan Strange, (1988) in her work “States and Markets” depicts it as a concern of social, political and economic arrangements that affect global systems of production, exchange and distribution and the mix of values reflected therein (Murphy and Tooze, 1991). International Political Economy is defined as the interplay of economics and politics in world affairs (Baylis and Smith, 2001). A dynamic and pivotal force within the global political economy which shows a definite interplay between politics and economics is the country of China; a country whose political system is primarily that of a communist state....   [tags: International Political Economy]
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Authority Systems - Nowadays almost everyone totally or partly belong to a certain organization. It can be a school, a company, a factory or a military troop. Even people who do not live or belong to these small scale organization, they still live in the society, which is also a big organization, a political entity. That is to say that every people is just member of a certain organization. As the member of the organization, people can feel the consequences of power at every level. So the power of the organizations is a highly focused topic....   [tags: Power vs Authority] 2323 words
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A Comparative Analysis of Political Communication in Turkey - A Comparative Analysis of Political Communication in Turkey Case In Turkey case of this paper, I will try to analyse Turkish media system with the theoretical framework which is developed by Daniel C. Hallin and Paolo Mancini in the article of Comparing Media Systems, Three Models of Media and Politics. I will make an attempt in order to investigate the basic characteristics of the media systems in Turkey, moreover I will bring the relationship between the state and the media through four dimensions, which are developments of the mass press, political parallelism, journalistic professionalism and the role of the state, developed by Hallin and Mancini’s work (Hallin and Mancini, 2005: pp....   [tags: political parallelism, turkey, media]
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Classification of Authority - A French philosopher by the name of Bertrand de Jouvenel once said “The phenomenon called authority is at once more ancient and more fundamental than the phenomenon called state; the natural ascendancy of some men over others is the principle of all human organizations and all human advances”. Authority is and always has been present in human civilization in all aspects of life and in different forms. Authority can be classified into three categories: family or parental authority, organizational and bureaucratic authorities, and political authority....   [tags: Classification Essay, Social Studies] 559 words
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Nationalism: The Most Dominate Political Idea in Our Day and Age - Would it be proper to surmise that nationalism is the most dominate political idea in our day and age. In my humble opinion; yes as evidenced by the ongoing fight and efforts by people to protect their flag, boarders, history and their cultural heritage. Every people who comes together as one body of people unite under one flag. Today there are 195 different nation all across the world (1), and after July 9, 2011 the number will be 196 different nations (1), and all of these different nations have a few common areas that identify them as a nation and is the symbol of the nationalism of those that live within their country....   [tags: Political Science]
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Power, Authority and The State - Waking up on the typical Monday morning, I feel groggy and confused. What day is today. I think it over and realize it is the dreaded Monday. Wishing it was still Sunday, I slowly get up and, like a snail, complete my morning routine. On my way to Hunter, everything is the usual–waiting for the suddenly delayed train, rushing through the massive horde of people trying to transfer trains, and finally arriving at school along with hundreds of others. I notice that the train station has set up a table lined with police officers checking passengers’ “suspicious” bags....   [tags: power, legal, traditional, charismatic, Max Weber]
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The French Revolution and Modern Political Ideologies - The French Revolution had a great impact on modern day politics and the ideologies that have become common knowledge among society. When France was reconstructing their government in the 1790's, many of the changes inspired how politics has established itself in today's world. The French Revolution was significant in sweeping away monarchical absolutism in the name of the modern ideas of 'liberty, equality, and fraternity'. The French society, as well as other European societies, were going through many cultural and social changes and were developing more intellectual thoughts for the time....   [tags: Political Science, History] 288 words
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Changes in Western Political Philosophy - The Age of Absolutism refers to the European history that comprises from the sixteenth century to the end of the eighteenth century. The key element of Absolutism is having the national government solely in the hands of one person, the monarch. At the beginning, Absolutism appeared as a solution to the violent disorders and crises Europe was facing during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Furthermore, those who supported Absolutism justified the kingship by arguing that the king ruled by the will of God; “God establishes king as his ministers, and reigns through them over the peoples” (document 26, page 135)....   [tags: Political Issues] 1431 words
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Julian Carroll's Political Career - In this short paper, I will be discussing the Kentucky political figure, currently a sitting senator and former governor Julian Carroll. First I will discuss his background which will include his early life up to his start in politics. Second I will discuss how he started his political career and then move into talking about his how he and his administration changed Kentucky. Lastly I will discuss his current political status and how I think he made differences in Kentucky. First, I will discuss his background, which started when he was born on April 16, 1931 in McCracken County Kentucky....   [tags: Political Science]
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Clashes Between Monarch and Papal Authority - Medieval secular and papal rulers often crossed paths. Through the many clashes between monarch and papal authority, an overreaching struggle between ecclesiastical and secular powers is present. In fact, not since the earliest days of Christianity had the pope been a mere religious ruler. Some historians, such as Klaus Schatz and Brian Tierney, argue that the primacy of papal authority, when the papacy actively began extending its influence, is relegated to a specific era from 1050 to 1300. Gregory VII, Innocent III, Innocent IV, and Boniface VIII played important roles in promulgating the power of the papacy in many ways as well as the so-called lesser churches of Rome....   [tags: The Roman Catholic Church] 1096 words
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The Power and Authority of the Government - The Power and Authority of the Government Power can be seen as the capacity of a government to get its citizens to comply with it. Power is quite broadly used and can even be seen as obedience as this shows a deliberate self restraint of citizens that might otherwise resist the government. It has a direct connection with authority as authority carries the implication that the institution that has power is supported in its decisions by a substantial amount of people and therefore should be obeyed whether or not the individual agrees with it....   [tags: Papers] 842 words
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Power, Domination, Legal, Authority in the Obama Administration - Karl Weber, a sociologist and political economist, describes authority as a form legal domination. Followers comply with the rules of these individuals because they consider their authority to be legitimate. While the legitimacy of domination does not have to be rationality, right, or natural justice, it is legitimate because individuals accept, obey, and consider domination to be required. The president of the United States is considered a traditional, legal and charismatic authority, where the legitimate domination rests on the idea of the legality of enacted rules for these individuals elevated to their status to give commands....   [tags: Obama Essays] 740 words
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Authority in Leadership - Generally the concept of leadership in a society is thought as being a man who is above the other people and also more powerful than them. Also society thinks that he must be so unsensitive and show his power to prove that he can be a great leader.However,have you ever asked what the great leader is and why the concept of power and leading are generally regarded as being above the others by showing your power agent of strong rhetoric based on authority and violence. This is an idealized type of leadership for general people and they think leaders should speak decisively and this exactness must be linked to authority and the desire for controlling the people.I claim the opposite...   [tags: empowerment, integrity, governing]
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Hobbes and Goldman: The Good Life and Political Legitimacy - The nature of a good life and its relation to political legitimacy is a subject which both Thomas Hobbes and Emma Goldman examine in their writings. Hobbes claims that only basic survival is necessary to live a good life because ultimately life is more valuable than comfort. Goldman on the other hand claims that freedom is far more important than simply living and a good life can only be lived by someone who is free to do as they please. In order for a political theorist to understand how legitimate governments and communities aught treat their citizens these theories are essential....   [tags: Political Philosophy Sociology] 947 words
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The Political Status of Tibet and China - In contemporary society, before major decisions are made, we are often urged to look back at the pertinent historical information and see if we can use this information to help us make clearer decisions and definitions especially in national and international policies. The real problem with this is that those making decisions often have a personal investment in the decision and are able to skew history and data towards the solution that they prefer. In these cases, it is necessary to look at both sides of the information before reaching a decision, and this is what I have tried to do concerning China’s policies and political viewpoint of Tibet....   [tags: Foreign Policy Politics Political] 5242 words
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Power, Authority, and Accountability in Politics - When looking into the ideas of political theorists it is important to the use of political concepts that may play an important role in what the theorists are suggesting and also how they may affect the relationship between to state and the individuals living within a state. The concepts that will be looked at within this essay are: power, authority and also accountability. Power in politics is a person who has the ability to influence a person in terms of their behaviour; however they possess no right to - unlike authority....   [tags: Politics ]
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The Struggle for Power and Authority - The development and use of power and authority are two of the basic concepts that indwell mankind. The two novels "Animal Farm" and "Lord of the Flies" both have main characters that uniquely manifest these attributes. Napoleon and Jack approach discipline in a dictorial manner by using intimidation, propaganda and fear while Snowball and Ralph apply a more democratic method when dealing with the animals. Napoleon and Snowball have different techniques and values on how leadership in life should be conducted....   [tags: Literary Themes]
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The Political Principles of Thoreau - The Political Principles of Thoreau Henry David Thoreau was, in many ways, ahead of his time in his political beliefs. During his brief life, he lectured occasionally and struggled to get his writings published. Gaining very little recognition during his lifetime, his death in 1862 went virtually unnoticed, and his true genius as a social philosopher and writer was not fully recognized until the twentieth century. Ironically, "Civil Disobedience," the anti-war, anti-slavery essay for which he is probably best known, has become a manual for social protest by giving support to the passive resistance of Mohandas Gandhi, Dr....   [tags: Politics Political Essays]
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The Intergovernmental Authority on Development - Skirmish can be defined as the discordancy of goals between parties. It happens when the main purposes, goals, values or needs of individuals and groups clash, sometimes resultant in aggression and violence. Skirmish is an act of involvement or difference by a third party or an outside power to recover the probabilities of undertaking the conflict and this involves Intervention. Mediation usually seeks to engage the adversaries in constructive dialogue initiate negotiations between antagonists or break a deadlock negotiations....   [tags: international relations, igad, foreign affairs]
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Authority versus Truth in Sophocle's Antigone and Shakespeare's Twelfth Night - “Authority cannot afford to connive at disobedience” writes Sophocles in Antigone. This is also a central concern to Aristotle who establishes the importance of ‘Authority’ in the opening lines of his treatise Poltics: “Since we see that every city-state is a sort of community and that every community is established for the sake of some good…it is clear that every community aims at some good, and the community which has the most authority of all and includes all the others aims highest, that is, at the good with the most authority....   [tags: Tragedy and Comedy, Rustic Fools]
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Power, Authority, and Conflict - 1) Power is a difficult concept to identify; it has been defined in several ways by many scholars. Hinings et al. (1967) state that power is analogous to bureaucracy, while Bierstedt (1950) and Blau (1964) state that it is purely coercion (Stojkovic et al, 2008). Moreover, Hall and Tolbert (2005) identify that there are five types of power, reward, coercive, legitimate, referent, and expert (Stojkovic et al, 2008). According to studies these five types of power are important and needed in a criminal justice agency for greater effectiveness and efficiency....   [tags: Different Types, Definition] 1622 words
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The Geographic, Political, and Ethnic Impact European Colonialism Has Played on the Present History of Africa - There is an ongoing debate on how the current political and economic failures in Africa can be traced back to the advent of colonialism. There is a great deal of evidence that illustrates the impact that colonialism and foreign intervention has had a negative effect on the development of present history of Africa. This essay will attempt to examine the geographic, political and ethnic impact European colonialism has played on the development of the African, and how these contributions have put Africa on its current trajectory....   [tags: Political Science]
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Politics and Political Sciences - Politics and Political Sciences What is political science. It is the study of the mechanism that people employ for their protection, better known as a government. When looking up the word government in the dictionary the word authority is used repeatedly. To many people the type and extent of authority over them is very important. So, which is the best kind of government. Is it the monarch or the republic. It is important to look at the difference between monarchs and republics and how they came about....   [tags: Political Governmental Essays] 956 words
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The History of Islamic Political Ideas - ... The analysis of his ideas regarding political issues reveals that he was a free thinker. He preferred suni tradition. Most likely he devoted his work to suni jurist and moralists. He encountered the problem of how to strengthen united Muslims and their state. So he worked on the problems of political centralization. It will be better to understand the problems encountered by al-Ghazali before understanding political theory given by him. Problems faced by Al-Ghazali: No aspect of the political theory of Ghazali will be complete without analyzing the condition of Muslim world at that time....   [tags: Al-Ghazali, caliph, sultan] 547 words
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Political Climate Of The 1950s - The political, social, and economic landscape of the United States of America underwent dramatic changes during the 1950s. During this era, figures and events such as the likes of: Sen. McCarthy and his crusade to "root out" communism in America, President Eisenhower's administration and his theory of dynamic conservatism, the government's belief of looking out for big business, and the Civil Rights movement helped to usher in a new ideas, attitudes, and beliefs. The focus of America's obsession with containing the spread of communism during the 1950s was in a large part fueled by Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy....   [tags: American History Politics Political Science]
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Political Corruption in Kenya and - Introduction: The Corruption can define is one of major the problem of corruption is a deviation from the individuals and the prevailing value system adopted in government institutions what drives individuals to practice deviant behaviors. According to Dennies Thompson define the corruption theory is that corrupt consider to be dieses of the body political (Dennies Thompson 1995) as result of that underdevelopment countries such as Kenya in Africa and Pakistan in Asia has suffer from high rate of corruption in government .The political corruption in the underdevelopment states can find especially in institutional level of countries....   [tags: police, health care, education] 2332 words
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Political Science Essay #3 - Essay #3 Bahrain and Libya have undergone conflicts within separate Muslim and Shi’ite groups as well as government policy and tyranny. What both countries have in common is the support of the United States. Sunni and Shi’ite Muslims in Bahrain should use the policies of Gandhi. Libya should resort to violence because of El-Qhadaffi’s tyrannous militaristic policies and corruption. Violence will only lead to more violence. It makes the situation worse because there’s lives being taken. Wars will damage both nations economically because there’s weapons and resources that are used for business transactions....   [tags: Political Science]
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Applications of Political Philosophy - Politics Political philosophy observes the application of principled notions to the communal sphere, hence dealing with the diversity of government structures and social stratosphere and providing a standard by which to analyze and critique prevailing institutes and affairs. Eighteenth-century Swiss philosopher, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, once wrote, “Man is born free; and everywhere he is in chains.” People are not born with any natural masters, yet in a civilized society rules govern all aspects of human behavior....   [tags: law, justice, punishments] 554 words
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Social and Political Philosophy - Social philosophy concentrates on social behavior and social issues. As Scott Hughes mentions in “Social Philosophy,” individualism, social interaction, motives for behavior, society as a whole, and many other social sciences make up the entity of social philosophy. Social philosophy also correlates to other philosophical domains such as epistemology, metaphysics, morality, and political philosophy. The analysis of human behavior concentrates on elements that influence social philosophy such as the study of cognitive skills, psychology, and sociology....   [tags: Schools of Thought, Connections]
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Africa and Political Leadership - Western perception often draws dissimilarities between Africa and the rest of the world, treating it as an exotic and eccentric region. Africanists commonly reinforce this mindset, for in their attempt to analyze and understand the continent they often define it through its idiosyncrasies and abnormalities, as opposed to examining its similarities to societies history is better acquainted with. While Africa is indeed a unique place in many aspects, the striking similarities it bears to the rest of the world are often overlooked or understated....   [tags: Politics, Leadership]
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Comparison between Two Political Thinkers and and their Understanding of Private Property - Political theories have been collected throughout history, and often shine light and cause debate surrounding the positions of common socio-political themes and topics. When studying political theory, it is important to recognize the philosopher behind the written work, and comprehend why they reflect the political beliefs that they do. This paper will compare and contrast two of the most noted and influential political thinkers and their understanding of private property. The first theory is found within the work of English philosopher John Locke....   [tags: karl marx, political theories, john locke]
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The Madisonian Dilemma Discusses Government Authority - ... Creating a representative form of government was a start, but Madison and other framers of the Constitution recognized that further safeguards were needed to prevent tyranny and oppression. The solution was the fragmentation of power into three separate branches of government. This limited the concentration of power; however, the mere existence of three distinct governmental entities did not secure enough protection from the follies of men. Madison said “If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.” (Madison, 1788)....   [tags: social order, values, constitution]
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Political Institution - A political institution is a system of politics and government. It is usually compared to the law system, economic system, cultural system, and other social systems. It is different from them, and can be generally defined on a spectrum from left, i.e. communism and socialism to the right, i.e. fascism. Linz’s argument is on the description of Totalitarian and Authoritarian Regimes, which brings the main and important argument of explaining both Presidential and Parliamentary systems. Another important author whose thoughts were referred to political institutions is Seymour Martin Lipset....   [tags: Government Structure Political Science] 1336 words
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Are political Islam and Democracy Compatible? - ... Sayyid Qutb’s Islamist (or “fundamentalist”) views on democracy are very significant, which are very controversial and have multifold interpretations. Two of his most imperative works are Social Justice in Islam and Signposts Along the Road, both being written during different times of his life. In both works, Qutb clearly points out that Islam is a unique form of living and that comparing and contrasting it with other political systems is not in itself fair because it ends of detracting from Islam....   [tags: sunni, politcal debates, government] 2175 words
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When the Ends Justify the Means in Machiavelli´s The Prince - ... Securing the state's power is just because it secures its citizens. Therefore, the state is justified in its actions, so long as it is projected towards this end goal in mind. This is where the phrase, “the ends justify the means” first blossomed. Machiavelli justifies his claim on the basis that men are inherently violent, ungrateful and disloyal. In short, Machiavelli has a rather pessimistic view of human nature. The only way to tame human nature into a cooperative fashion is for the state to exercise fear over its citizens....   [tags: Values, Morality, Authority]
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An Analysis of Nozick and Held's Political Theories - In the critical studies of Held (1987), the political activist and philosopher argues that a contemporary society is now influenced by the contractual patterns of relations. Held argues, “we are told that modern democratic states rest on a social contract, that their economies should be thought of as a free market, where producers, employers, consumers, and employees make contractual agreements” (Held, 1987, p. 782). In this context, society perceives a culture as a free market, as well. Therefore, various philosophers and political activists consider that morality itself could also be perceived from contractual terms....   [tags: critical studies, phylosophy]
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European Thinkers of the Seventeenth Century: Thomas Hobbes and Jean Bodin - In the seventeenth century, a prominent group of European thinkers fostered a notion of power as “both absolute and unitary.” One purpose of these assertions was to justify the ever-increasing centralization of governmental authority within the several European nations. Foremost among these thinkers were Thomas Hobbes and Jean Bodin. Bodin’s Six Books of the Commonwealth (1576) offered the enduring definition of sovereignty as “the absolute and perpetual power of a commonwealth” which “is not limited either in power, or in function, or in length of time.” In other words, sovereignty was held solely by one authority and could not be allocated among other, lesser authorities....   [tags: authority, power, centralization] 621 words
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The Structure of Power in American Society by C. Wright Mills - ... Coercion can be seen as the “last resort” of enforcing power. On the other hand, authority is power that is derived from voluntary action and manipulation is power that is derived unbeknownst to the people who are under that power. It is discussed how the indifference to politics by many citizens of western society and the fact that ideologies are now no longer needed by those in power to enforce their will are two key truths of western politics. In some societies it is the actions of many men that change the environment to which they belong and this in turn makes up history....   [tags: authority, manipulation and coercion] 812 words
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The Human Resource Frame Analysis: Team Work - Frames Analysis Structural Frame One of the main issues impeding the efficiency and preventing successful teamwork in this situation was uncertainty with the structural design of this project team. I was more familiar (and comfortable) with a rigid chain of command structure. My belief that we should be precisely executing the stated orders of our Navy leadership created obstacles for the other team members. Other more academically inclined team members were less oriented toward this centralized structure and therefore did not comprehend my opposition to their content ideas....   [tags: mision and goals, authority, decisions]
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The Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment - ... (7) It was believed that God had created the universe for man, and that he had given the central position in his creation to man, giving people a profound sense of security however Copernicus theory took away man’s central position in the universe. (7) The new scientific discoveries were detrimental to authority as they fostered doubt uncertainty, anxiety and threated belief in the faith (*), however the full implications of these discoveries were not fully understood by people during the scientific revolution....   [tags: authority, darwinism, scientific ideas] 1694 words
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The Role of Females in Frankenstein by Mary Shelly - “Iron man” is a superhero, but “Iron woman” is a command. Although these statements maybe risible it carries an important message that has dated back for centuries. Throughout many years the world has been unified socially with one similarity: the culture of a patriarchal society. A patriarchal society is a social society in which males are the primary figures of authority, owning property, and occupying political leadership. When such important roles are taken by men, women, at the other end are expected to be obedient, silent, and useless (except in chores)....   [tags: society, males, authority, property] 808 words
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The Problems of Philosophical Anarchy - The oxford dictionary defines anarchism as “belief in the abolition of all government and the organization of society on a voluntary, cooperative basis without recourse to force or compulsion.” Therefore, philosophical anarchism is a form of political philosophy which rejects all types of hierarchy and authority not just states or governments. However, there are a number of problems with philosophical anarchism. Firstly, the most prominent argument is the impracticality, whereby people need the state or a government in order to survive....   [tags: abollition of government, authority, hierarchy]
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Negative Consequences of Obedience to Authority - Negative Consequences of Obedience to Authority Obedience is one of the most basic tenants of social life. It is a requirement of any form of communal living (Milgram, 1963). Society itself is predicted upon existence. All political purpose is linked to individual action through way of obedience. Theory and observations of social interaction has led researchers to believe that obedience is, for many people, a deeply ingrained trait (Milgram 1963). While having the potential for educative purpose and promoting acts of charity, it can also cause the most ethical and moralistic to abandon their core values and seemingly close their eyes while following an unjustified authority....   [tags: Papers] 869 words
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The Search for True Moral Authority - In reading The Peloponnesian War by Thucydides, one is struck by the two major political education ideals described in the book: the Spartan regime, praised by the Lacedaemonian king Archidamus, and the Athenian ideal, supported by Pericles, the Athenian ruler. Socrates discusses both of these regimes in Plato’s Republic in an attempt to make a statement about what constitutes true and effective education. After close analysis, it is clear that Socrates does not support either educational ideal....   [tags: Plato, Republic, Peloponnesian War]
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Australian Broadcasting Authority - Law - Australian Broadcasting Authority Have you ever wondered who regulates what we see on tv and the internet, and what we hear on the radio. Ever thought about if the content of what we watch on tv follows a set of compulsory standards. Well, you will no longer have to ponder over these questions because today we will be telling you all about the organization which is responsible for these things: the Australian Broadcasting Authority, commonly termed the ABA. Firstly, we will be outlining the mission statement of the organization, so that you may understand the general idea of why this organization exists....   [tags: Telecommunications] 1189 words
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Themes of Power and Authority in The Crucible by Arthur Miller - Explore Miller’s dramatic presentation and development of the theme of power and authority. Even though The Crucible is not historically correct, nor is it a perfect allegory for anti-Communism, or as a faithful account of the Salem trials, it still stands out as a powerful and timeless depiction of how intolerance, hysteria, power and authority is able to tear a community apart. The most important of these is the nature of power, authority and its costly, and overwhelming results. “But you must understand, sir, that a person is either with this court or against it,” says Danforth conceitedly....   [tags: religious, hysteria, accusations]
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Stalin's Authority Over the USSR - Stalin's Authority Over the USSR During the period between Lenin's death, 1924, and the end of the 'Great Purge', 1939, Stalin managed to assert personal authority over the USSR by gaining complete control of the Communist Party and using terror to eliminate opposition to his role as leader. After a successful joint effort with Kamenev and Zinoviev to remove Trotsky from the Communist Party, Stalin turned his attention towards eliminating Kamenev and Zinoviev themselves, as they were a threat to his influence over the party....   [tags: Papers] 1701 words
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The First Major Victories of Empirical Inquiry Over Authority - The period of European history between the mid-fifteenth and late-seventeenth centuries, was a time of great advancement in terms of geographical, scientific and technological knowledge. For Europeans, this time included “the first major victories of empirical inquiry over authority,” which helped scholars of the time discover and define the natural laws of the universe (Parry, 1). In turn, this helped in the development of new technologies that assisted mariners in their pursuits on the sea from more accurate navigation to warfare....   [tags: age of discovery, christopher columbus]
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The Community vs The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) - Abraham Lincoln said, “You can please some of the people some of the time, all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time, but you can never please all of the people all of the time.” This rings true, especially when different groups of people are trying to reach a consensus. Every organization has its own set of stakeholders, all with their own opinions, thoughts, and ideas of how things should be. Many organizations do not consider their stakeholders in their decision-making process....   [tags: Collegial Governance]
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Irish Auditing Accountancy Supervisory Authority (IAASA) - Introduction Background The Irish Auditing and Accountancy Supervisory Authority (IAASA) based at Millennium Park, Naas, Co. Kildare was established pursuant to the provisions of Part 2 of the Companies (Auditing and Accounting) Act, 2003 .The provisions of the act provided for a significant change in the regulatory regime in Ireland. The accounting profession in Ireland was usually self-regulated up until the late 19th century where in light of multifarious corporate collapses and accounting scandals, the government took measures to safeguard public interest due to political pressures arising as a result of globalization, the exigencies of international financial markets and the local media...   [tags: accounting, Ireland, financial reporting]
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The Structure of Political System in Brazil - The Structure of Political System in Brazil Many countries in the world adopted the unique and valuable political system of the US, and the political system of Brazil mainly is oriented toward so called pro-American political system. Political system refers to all kinds of recognized political and state institutions, the way of their formation, the matters of legitimacy, culture and delegation of power within the population and political structures. The main law, the Constitution, gives clear ideas about the political power, the principle of the separation of powers among the various branches, public participation, issues of legitimacy and traditions....   [tags: Papers] 787 words
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Hypothetical Consent and Political Legitimacy - ABSTRACT: A commonly accepted criticism of the social contract approach to justifying political authority targets the notion of hypothetical consent. Hypothetical contracts, it is argued, are not binding; therefore hypothetical consent cannot justify political authority. I argue that although hypothetical consent may not be capable of creating political obligation, it has the power to legitimate political arrangements. Hypothetical Consent and Justification A commonly accepted criticism of the social contract approach to justifying political authority targets the idea of hypothetical consent....   [tags: What is Politics?]
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The Evolving Repercussions of Political Philosophy - In the United States, politics have become a growing philosophical ideal since the time of the Greeks and Romans. It has always been a weighted matter of importance to have a society which functions under laws and governing bodies. Through the progression of time, many of these political ideals have changed according to what the people of that time are socially and culturally in need of. One of these times was in the seventeenth century in Europe. The development and change of several political ideas began to shape the nation....   [tags: American History] 1259 words
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political views of federalists and republicans - The political views of the federalist and the republicans towards the government of the United States of America were different. The republicans stressed equality of rights among citizens allowing people to govern themselves. The federalists believed in a stronger government one in which was sovereign and had superior power over the local governments. The republicans view almost always proved to be a disaster but the republicans believed that if a republican government could succeed anywhere, it would be within the virtuous communities of the United States of America....   [tags: essays research papers] 357 words
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The Battle for Political Power in The Tempest - "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." -- Abraham Lincoln Shakespeare's "The Tempest" forms a world within itself. Within this world, many topics regarding government, power and colonization are addressed. Shakespeare tackles the discovery of new places and races, the relationship between the colonized and the colonist, old world ideologies on new soil, as well as theories on civilization and government. These aspects at the core reveal a very clear struggle for political power....   [tags: The Tempest Essays]
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The Political Structure of the Maya in the Late Classic Period - Many advances in archeological and epigraphic research has shed new light on Maya civilization, however, there is still much discussion on the political structure and how it was formed. The Maya is a Mesoamerican civilization noted for its advanced form of civilization. It reached its highest state of development during the Classic period which ranges from approximately 200-900 AD. Early in the Classic period (292-434 AD), there were several city-states found throughout the Maya lowland region with no defined hierarchy of settlement or regional capitals....   [tags: Ancient Civilizations ]
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Trudeaumania: Role Culture Plays in Achieving Political Power - ... Trudeau's charisma is often credited as the key attribute behind Trudeaumania. Merriam- Webster defines charisma as "a personal magic of leadership arousing special popular loyalty or enthusiasm for a public figure such as a political leader" (n.d.). Said charisma provided Trudeau with a significant amount of standing with Canadians. In his book Fire and Ashes Michael Ignatieff defines standing as "a word from the law that means the right to have your day in court...a friend who has gone through a tough time has standing with us....   [tags: canadian culture, pride, hope, obama]
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The People’s Republic of China: Tyrannical Political State? - Despotic governments, public welfare, illusions of utopia, despondency, individualism, conformity, protection against foreign invasion, and paranoia are conflicting ideas yet all exist within societies past and present. George Orwell prophetically writes about a futuristic society in his book entitled 1984. He uses hindsight of past and present political authority to illustrate the possibility of additional states imposing oppressed control. Orwell asserts the conflicting ideas with, “…the three slogans of the Party: War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength,” (Orwell, 4)....   [tags: People’s Republic of China, government, communism,]
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How Political Ideologies Shape Our Nation - Jack Sheldon’s, “How a Bill Becomes a Law” is lacking in several different ways. Not that the jingle doesn’t give you some sort of semblance of how a law is made. It just doesn’t give a detail account of the entire procedure. Very little is mentioned of how a bill is introduced to the House or the Senate. Legislation is handed to the clerk of the House or placed in the hopper. In the Senate, members must gain recognition of the presiding officer to announce the introduction of a bill during the morning hour....   [tags: Jack Sheldon, How a Bill Becomes a Law, Politics] 1219 words
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Political Party System: The Federalists vs. the Republicans - Before the Declaration of Independence in 1776, colonies were separate from each other; there was very little interaction. As Britain exerted their power on the colonies, imposing unreasonable taxes without colonial consent, people realized their freedom was threatened. Colonists felt the need to unite and act together to call for independence. When the country finally claimed its independence, Americans started to drift apart once again due to the differences in their viewpoints. Political parties came into existence....   [tags: washington, adams, independence]
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Liberalism has Helped Shape Western Political Philosophy - ... This deep relationship with the church caused puritans to think highly theological especially about social and political matters. But this highly theological way of thinking was not successful. By the eighteenth century, there were people who understood that puritanism was not practical. They broke out of the theological traditions to open their minds on a broader scope. Religious leaders did not have as strong of an influence in our society as the puritans would have liked. This opened our minds to more secular views, the conception of human nature and political relations in our society....   [tags: society, freedom, equality] 1023 words
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The Extent of the Prime Minister's Power and Authority - The Extent of the Prime Minister's Power and Authority In society today people think that the most powerful person in the British government system is the Prime Minister, Tony Blair. However, to what extent does he have power and authority. The Prime Minister doesn’t govern the country alone; the Cabinet as a whole discuss most matters. You could then say that we have Cabinet government as they do supposedly collectively make decisions on matters. The position however of power in one government may differ from that of another, Margaret Thatcher for example rarely used Cabinet at all, John Major on the other hand used it regularly and considered there opinions v...   [tags: Papers] 796 words
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Divided Agenda: The Chicago Housing Authority - Divided Agenda: The Chicago Housing Authority The Chicago Housing Authority is an agency that is at odds with its own true nature and goals. It is an agency committed to managing the welfare of the poor and disenfranchised. At the same time it is an agency with a commitment to the city of Chicago to "take care " of the Black poor problem. "Taking care" in this instance seems to mean by any means necessary. Whether Blacks are shuttled about from one part of the city to the next, stacked on top of each other like prisoners, or out and out murdered there seems to be an unspoken agenda to get rid of the problem....   [tags: Poverty War Welfare] 1689 words
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Political Anarchy - There are several arguments against philosophical anarchism. Most of the arguments are in line with either the theory that consent is not required or of the theory we have already consented. For the sake of being brief, this essay will attempt to refute only the latter of the two. Along with the idea of individual consent is the longstanding, traditional theory of the authority of God. Other arguments follow a less anarchist view and are that of tacit consent and more specifically that of majority consent....   [tags: essays research papers] 999 words
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