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1Sovereignty, Power, and Authority The greater the power,the more dangerous the abuse.EDMUND BURKEThe depositary of power is always unpopular.BENJAMIN DISRAELISovereignty, Power, and AuthorityPower is the ultimate aphrodisiac.HENRY KISSINGERAP Comparative GovernmentUnit IIIPower is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.SAUL ALINSKY
2Sovereignty, Authority, and Power In this unit students will study the meaning and sources of power defined by national borders, as well as by supranational systems such as the European Union, ASEAN, the African Union…
3“My people and I have come to an agreement which satisfies us both “My people and I have come to an agreement which satisfies us both. They are to say what they please, and I am to do what I please." Frederick the Great of Prussia
4Political CulturePolitical culture refers to the collection of political beliefs, values, practices, and institutions that the government is based on.For example, if a society values individualism, the government will generally reflect this value in the way that it is structured and in the way that it operates.If the government does not reflect basic political values of a people, it will have difficulty remaining viable.
5The StateThe state is the structure within which the business of governing takes place.Finer identifies five characteristics of states.Geographic borders within which the population accepts a common government.Government is served by specialized personnel, civil to carry out its daily business and military to protect it from internal and external threats.The government and population that constitute a state are recognized by other such entities as independent and sovereign within its borders.NationalityCommunityThe fourth and fifth he feels are more modern in origin. Combined, they are that the population feels a sense of common nationality and community.
6The Historical Evolution of Authority in the State The historical evolution of political traditions shape a country’s concept of who has the authority to rule and its definition of legitimate political power.This evolution may be gradual or forced, long or relatively brief, and the relative importance of tradition varies from country to country.A country’s political culture is an important factor in the way it views authority and power
7The State Has EvolvedWhile the state has always been with us, its form has evolved substantially.This evolution has revolved around the matter of authority to govern.
8How Do States Gain and Keep Control? Four theoriesBy ForceBy EvolutionBy Divine RightThrough Social ContractLocke, Rousseau, Montesquieu…
9Power VS AuthorityPower is the ability to get someone to do something -- because that someone feels required to follow your directions, or because you're persuasive, or because you're holding a gun to his head.Authority is the RIGHT to use power, granted by a culture, custom, constitution, or law.
10Power VS Authority Should the US invade Iraq? This distinction is important because it is at the root of many serious political debates.Should the US invade Iraq?Clearly we had the POWER to do so, but did we have the authority?
11Power VS AuthorityThis distinction is important because it is at the root of many serious political debates.Should the US use extraordinary rendition to take detainees to third countries for interrogation?Clearly we have the POWER to do so, but do we have the authority?
12Power VS AuthorityThis distinction is important because it is at the root of many serious political debates.Should the US provide universal health care or control the salaries of corporate executives?Clearly we have the POWER to do so, but do we have the authority (via the Constitution)?
13Who has political power? Who has the authority to rule? Different countries answer these questions in different ways, but they all answer them in one way or another.Countries that have no clear answers often suffer from lack of political legitimacy - or the right to rule, as determined by their own citizensReferred to as Illegitimate or illiberal
14LegitimacyWhen people feel that their government is valid and they follow the laws based on some organization, their government is legitimate.Legitimacy is a give and take relationship between the government and the masses.Legitimacy is the foundation of establishing a political culture – the politicalization and socialization of the society.Political efficacy (the belief that you have the ability to impact government) is required for a government to be legitimate
15Sovereignty, Authority, and Power We will also concentrate on how power is defined and used in different types of political regimes, and how political legitimacy is expressed.Ask yourself:What are the sources of authority, political power and governance in the U.S.?…. in our six core countries?
16Sovereignty, Authority, and Power Ask yourself:What are the influences and impacts that history, political culture and socialization patterns have had on the political development of each core country both individually and comparatively??
17How is Power Obtained? Legitimate Techniques Illegitimate Techniques ??Illegitimate Techniques
18How is Power Obtained? Legitimate Techniques Illegitimate Techniques Must have consent of the governedDemocratic processes such as electionsMonarchies, if people support royal ruleIllegitimate TechniquesMilitary coupDictator take-overElection fraud
19Government legitimacy comes from its sovereignty, authority, and power Factors influencing legitimacy include:The state’s history of leadershipSupranational systemsReligious or other social movementsEconomic considerations
20How is Legitimate Power Obtained? Legitimacy may be secured in a number of ways, using sources such asSocial compactsConstitutionsIdeologies
21Legitimacy: Important Themes What are the Sources of Public Authority and Political Power?What was the key to Establishing a political culture?You should be aware of both of these in each of our 6 countries post revolution through today.Post-RevolutionToday
22I love power. But it is as an artist that I love it I love power. But it is as an artist that I love it. I love it as a musician loves his violin, to draw out its sounds and chords and harmonies.NAPOLEON BONAPARTE
23Democracies and Legitimacy The most common source of legitimacy today is the perception that a government is operating under democratic principles and is subject to the will of the people.Governments often claim a popular mandate to exercise power, however, how this mandate is derived can vary sharply from regime to regime.Liberal democratic states claim democratic legitimacy on the grounds that they have regular free and fair contested elections.
24Democracies and Legitimacy A liberal democratic state may also gain legitimacy if the population believes that the following factors hold:Free and fair electionsAccountabilityA rigid written constitution, or well-respected constitutional conventionsPopular participationA strong and independent mediaA system of checks and balancesEconomic stabilityPolitical stability
25Are Democracies ALWAYS Legitimate?? Democratic legitimacy is also claimed by states which reject liberal democracy, and the fact that states whose values are antithetical to liberal democracy claim democratic legitimacy causes much controversy over the meaning of the term democracy.Communist states often claim democratic legitimacy on the grounds that they won a popular revolution and are acting on behalf of the people in accordance with the scientific rules of Marxism.Nazism and Fascism also claim (ed) to represent the will of the people more directly and authentically than liberal democracy.
26Constitutionalism and Legitimacy A related form of political legitimacy involves constitutionalism or the belief that an action is legitimate because it follows regular procedure.This form of legitimacy is related to democracy in that the justification of those constitutional procedures are agreed to be popular consent, but it may result in different outcomes, in that constitutional procedure often require supermajorities or are intended to protect minority groups.
27Nationalism and Legitimacy Patriotism and nationalism can inspire loyalty to a state.This can take many forms. Democracy as described above is sometimes called civic nationalism.Other forms of nationalism that can be beneficial to a state includeethnic nationalism, where the state derives legitimacy from cultural or hereditary groups,religious nationalism, where the state derives legitimacy from a shared religion.
28Communism and Legitimacy In principle, communist states attempt to acquire legitimacy through their fostering economic equality and economic growth.Food for thoughtHowever, many communist states in history moved back to totalitarian methods when they failed to achieve these goals.
29Traditionalism and Legitimacy In monarchies, the king gained legitimacy through the popular perception that he was the rightful lord of the kingdom.This perception was often enhanced by propagating the belief that he was divinely ordained to hold his post.This form of legitimacy remains today in the form of absolute monarchy where the monarch still have effective power, and constitutional monarchy where traditional sources of legitimacy have been combined with democratic and constitutional sources of legitimacy.
30Power is given only to those who dare to lower themselves and pick it up. Only one thing matters, one thing; to be able to dare!FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY
31When is a Government considered Legitimate? IdeologyContinuityFamiliarityStanding traditions/common issuesPropaganda – Politicalization.Strength of force
32When is a Government considered Legitimate? IdeologyCommunity values and ideals are reflected
33When is a Government considered Legitimate? 2. ContinuityNo other force to compete with the present system.
34When is a Government considered Legitimate? 3. FamiliarityThe people inherited the current system. They know of no other way to be ruled.
35When is a Government considered Legitimate? 4. Standing traditions/common issuesBond people together.
36When is a Government considered Legitimate? 5. Propaganda – Politicalization.The government controls the sources of information through a controlled press or school system.All you see is what the government wants you to see.This impacts the socialization of the system.
37When is a Government considered Legitimate? 6. Strength of forceYou follow me or you don’t follow anyone.
38How does a Government Maintain Legitimacy? Through Political Institutions and OrganizationsThrough Political IdeologiesBy establishing Political SymbolsBy unraveling political and social problems
39How does a Government Maintain Legitimacy? Through Political Institutions and OrganizationsParties, Branches of Government
40How does a Government Maintain Legitimacy? 2. Through Political IdeologiesCommunism, Socialism, Democracy…
41How does a Government Maintain Legitimacy? 3. By establishing Political SymbolsFlag, anthem…
42How does a Government Maintain Legitimacy? 4. By unraveling political and social problemsWork on solving important issues
43How does a Government Maintain Legitimacy? These four examples come together to promote the political socialization of the state-And this establishes the political culture of one’s society promoting legitimacy.
44"The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.“ Irving Caesar
45Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely. LORD ACTON