2 What is Politics? A Process in which Individuals and Groups exercise “power” to make change! Types Of Political Knowledge:1. Description political knowledge focus onwhat, and descriptive response based onfacts.2. Explanation answers why, and require adequate explanation of information.3. Prescription is your value judgment.
3 Sources of Political Knowledge 1.Authority involves respect to authoritysources: specific, general, or everyone.2.Personal Thought involves exercising:rationale, Intuition, and personal experience.3.Science uses explicit methods to describe andexplain by (1) search for regularities;(2)empirically observe phenomena;(3)cumulate previous established knowledgeas foundation for further knowledge development;(4)new knowledge must be testable/verifiable.
4 What is Political Science? Political Science attempts to understand and explain the political world, by developing concepts, improved methods ofscience, to use systematic and analytic thinking to reduce our misunderstandingsand misconceptions of political issues.
5 Danziger, Chapter 2 Political Theory & Political Beliefs Political Behavior, or Micropolitics: Is A combinationof an Individuals, Groups, families, committees, and juries political beliefs are cumulative reactions and orientations toward political phenomena.Normative Political Knowledge: Are the fundamental ideas that can be the basis of an individual’s beliefs and actions.1. Political Ideologies: Prevalent in Western PoliticalThought. (pp )2. Individual Political Beliefs: basic elements of an individual’s political belief, grounded in a person’s orientations/dimensions toward the political world.3. Political Belief System: The configurations of beliefs held byindividuals. (p. 45)4. Political Culture: Dominant patterns of political behavior for anentire society. (p. 48)
6 Normative Political Theory Answers that reflect various approaches for thinking about core questions about Government, society, social obligation, individual obligation.Theorists, and Politcal Ideologies:Thomas Hobbes ( ) in [Danziger, Chapter 2]ConservatismClassical LiberalismSocialismMarxist-Leninist SocialismDemocratic SocialismFurther Political “Isms” [ibid]
7 Belief Systems of Mass Publics Political issues have low salience.People focus attention on concrete issues,have minimal grasp of abstract political concepts, and don’t have constraint knowledge.Interest/knowledge is short-term.Fundamental beliefs are stable, but can bevolatile in short-term political opinions.5. Content of beliefs is often inaccurate.
8 Belief Systems of Elites Have relatively high levels of interest and involvement in political life; hold positions of political responsibility.Elites communicate their beliefs to others.They influence the Mass Publics.Have relatively high levels of “constraint knowledge,” accuracy, complexity.Emphasis is on consistency. However, Elites can have conflicting opinions among themselves.
9 Political Culture The American Political Culture believes in: Is the configuration of a particular society’spolitical orientations -- the general beliefsystem of many:The American Political Culture believes in:liberties, rights, political equality,individualism, capitalism, property, universal suffrage, democracy, equal opportunity, and pluralism.
10 Political Ideology/Political Belief Systems Are an individual’s comprehensive set of beliefs about thepolitical world.(Rejai 1995, pp. 4-11).Rejai’s five important dimensions:Cognitive: knowledge and beliefAffective: feelings and emotionsEvaluative: norms and judgmentsProgrammatic: the plans and taking action5. Social base: mobilization of supporting groups and forming the political party.
11 Karl Marx’s Conceptionalization of Ideology How does Marx analyze ideology?Marx says ideology is an intellectual activity, an idea system.What does Marx say about an idea system?Marx insists that an idea system is only derivative, secondary, and false, andexplains his theory through “social reality”.
12 Marx’s explanation of “Social Reality” Society is broken down into two “structures”:The Substructure contains:--All material, economic foundation ofsociety, including: “The Owning Class”,(which is the “Ruling Class”), and it alsocontains “The Non-owning Class” (the oppressed and exploited “proletariat.”Marx suggests that the “Substructure” is the most important aspect of a society and gives rise to the “Superstructure”.
13 “Social Reality”, continued II.The Superstructure:--consists of all other elements of society:art, culture, religion, social and politicalinstitutions such as government, education,and it also consists of “ideologies”.Therefore, Marx suggests that the “Superstructure” has no independent reality, and only mirrors the ideas and philosophies set down by the “Ruling Class” within the “Substructure,” thereby, ideologies are “derivative, secondary, and false.”
14 Friedrich Engels’ “False Consciousness” Engels suggests that the “Ruling Class” onlypretend sincere consciousness toward the“Non-ruling,” and that the “ideologies and actions”the Ruling deliberately promulgate through theirbelief systems are indeed falsehoods set down forthe purpose to control the “oppressed and non-rulingClass.” Further, Engels points out that these ideologies are there only to benefit the Ruling Class.
15 Causes for the Rise of Ideologies I. The French Revolution and its new ideas:The Declaration of Rights of Man and Citizen (1789)--men are no longer “subjects” but now “citizens” (king is dethroned).Estates General was expanded to incorporate representatives from the middle-class commoners, now called the “Third Estate”.Democracy: new institutions protecting:life, liberty, equality, fraternity, and citizenshipPopular Sovereignty: the people have ultimate authority over government.
16 Rise of Ideologies, continued II. The Industrial Revolution:More factories were built in urban areas.Improved factory manufacturing.More trade was created internationally.More labor was needed.
17 continued III. Urbanization: Labor coming into urban areas from rural areas: Ethnic Ghettos were formed; depersonalization ofhuman life.Unions: With the rise of production, groups ofdissatisfied laborers formed into unions withspecific beliefs and demands from Factoryproperty owners.
18 continued IV. Modernization: Further, with the 19th century, a rise of literacy through better means of printing.The rise of education, and the condition of ignorance is broken: one begins to challenge one’s subservient status, and becomes activist, even rebellious.Secularism rises: no longer does one automatically follow “set ideas”. Religion begins to loose its hold on those educating themselves. Therefore,“ideology” became the substitute for religion.
19 continued V. Science and Technology: ---Improvements in technology. ---Modern methods of Communications.---Modern forms of transportation.All of these advancements allowed information about ideologies to reach millions of peopleacross many continents (Rejai 1995).
20 Functions of Ideologies First: they provide a perspective on social and political reality.Second: provide the individual with a sense of identity and belonging.Third: ideologies serve to achieve social solidarity and cohesion.Fourth: ideologies encourage optimism, hope, promise, utopia, and even paradise.Fifth: they serve to support and maintain a political regime or to challenge and destroy it.
21 Danziger, Chapter 3: Political Actions Modes of Activity:1. Individual political actions:voting, campaign activities, rallies, protesting.2. Political Activists: Foot soldiers; Extremist-activists; political leaders.3. Political Interest Groups: people who share same interest and want to influence policymakingthrough: Political action; Provision of materialresources; Exchange of Information; Cooperation.
22 Political Actions, continued 4. Political Parties: are political activists thatwant to win elections, run government, andmake policy.5. Party Functions: serve as brokers of ideas;facilitate political socialization; link individuals to the belief system; mobilize and recruit political activists; coordinate governmental operations; serve as sources of opposition.
23 Danziger, Chapter 4: Influences on Beliefs and Actions Four broad types of explanatory factors that might account for individual political behavior:The environment: where someone is born,rural, urban, connected to technology.Agents of Political Socialization: parents,schools, religion, peers, the media, events.Personal Characteristics: education, gender, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, race.
24 Four broad types of explanatory factors that might account for individual political behavior, continued.Political “Personality” of top leaders/activists:idealism, aggressiveness, frustration. Or low sense of self-esteem suggested by Lasswell (1960). However, studies suggest political leaders have a high sense of self-esteem (Sniderman 1975).Also leaders have “seven incentives.”Human Nature: innate motivations and inner drives. Or possiblefundamental elements of human nature that cannot be altered bysocialization and institutions, such as biological/genetic foundations (Wilson 1978; Masters 2001).