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1 Politics and the Economy Chapter 13Politics and the Economy
2 Chapter Outline Introducing Politics and the Economy Power and PoliticsPower and the StateWho Governs? Models of U.S. DemocracyIndividual Participation in U.S. GovernmentModern Economic SystemsThe U.S. Economic SystemWork in the United StatesWhere This Leaves Us
3 Introducing Politics and the Economy Politics and the Economy are two separate social institutions, but they are interwoven.Both should be considered when answering questions such as:◦ How do people earn their living?◦ Why are wages so much higher in some types of work than in others…and in some countries than others?◦ How do government leaders get elected, or deposed…or assassinated?
4 Power and PoliticsCoercion is the exercise of power through force or the threat of force.Authority is power supported by norms and values that legitimate its use.1. Traditional Authority – the right to make decisions for others based on the sanctity of time-honored routines2. Charismatic Authority – the right to make decisions based on perceived extraordinary personal characteristics.3. Rational-Legal Authority – the right to make decisions based on rationally established rules.
5 Traditional Authority Traditional authority, like that enjoyed by King Mohamed VI of Morocco, exists when an individual’s right to make decisions for others is widely accepted based on time-honored beliefs.
6 Power and Politics Combining Bases of Authority: An elected official who adds charisma to his rational-legal authority will increase his power. ◦ Ex. Ronald Reagan or Barack Obama can serve as examples.A charismatic leader who establishes a rational-legal system to manage her followers will also increase her power ◦ Ex. Mary Baker Eddy (founded the Christian Science religion and turned it into a large, bureaucratic organization)
7 Political Institutions Power and PoliticsPolitical InstitutionsPolitics is the social structure of power within a society.◦ Political Institutions - concerned with the social structure of power; the most prominent political institution is the state.The state is a social structure that successfully claims a monopoly on the legitimate use of force and coercion within a territory.
8 Power and the StateThe State is distinguished from other political institutions by two characteristics:(1) its jurisdiction for legitimate decision making is broader than that of other institutions, and(2) it controls the use of legalized coercion in a society.
9 Power and the State Jurisdiction State Coercion exercises power over society as a whole.State Coercionstate claims a monopoly on the legitimate use of three different types of coercion :1. arrest, attack, imprison and even kill2. take money from citizens with taxes and fines3. negotiate with other countries and use its armed forces to attack and kill in other countries
10 Power and the State Authoritarian Systems are political systems in which the leadership is not selected by the people and legally cannot be changed by them.also known as totalitarianism, dictatorship, military junta, despotism, monarchies, and theocracies.some authoritarian governments, such as monarchies, govern through traditional authority; others have no legitimate authority and rest their power almost exclusively on coercion.
11 Connections: Social Policy According to Amnesty International, torture is still used in Mexico, Russia, China, and elsewhere.Prisoners and political activists may be beaten, raped, shocked, and more.The United States has used torture in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Guantánamo Bay and has trained its allies in the use of torture.The United Nations has established a network of independent observers to monitor prison conditions around the world.
12 Power and the State Democracy a political system that provides regular, constitutional opportunities for a change in leadership according to the will of the majority.usually occurs in wealthier nations with a large middle class who have enough social and economic resources to organize effectively - can hold government accountable.flourishes in countries with competing interest groups, each of which comprises a minority.
13 DemocracyDemocracy is now taking root in South Africa, where the financial and political power of the white minority is counterbalanced by the sheer numbers and political determination of the black majority.
14 Power and the State Globalization and State Power multinational companies (Nike) and organizations (European Union) operate beyond their ‘home’ borders.some organizations are set up with ‘global’ jurisdiction (i.e. World Court, World Bank, United Nations).some theorists argue that multinational corporations and international organizations hold the power once held by states.others argue that globalization is not new and the power of the state is greater than ever.
15 Who Governs? Models of U.S. Democracy Structural-Functional: Pluralist ModelAssumes parts of system run harmoniously – for the good of all.Focus on checks/balances within governmentLimits to the theory - interests of wealthy coalesce. Programs designed to distribute wealth succeed only when:1) crisis causes elite to favor change,2) elite disagree and fail to coalesce
16 Who Governs? Models of U.S. Democracy Conflict: Power-Elite Modelcontends that a relatively unified elite group makes all major decisions, based on its own interestsThe power elite comprises the people who occupy the top positions in three bureaucracies—the military, industry, and the executive branch of government—and who are thought to act together to run the United States in their own interests.
17 Comparison of U.S. Political Models CharacteristicPluralistPower EliteUnit of analysisInterest GroupsPower elitesSource of powerSituational; depends on issueInherited/positional; key positions in economic/ social institutionsDistribution of powerDispersed among competing groupsConcentrated in fairly homogeneous eliteLimits of powerLimited by shifting and crosscutting loyaltiesPotentially limited when other groups can unite in oppositionRole of StateArena where interest groups competeOne of several sources of power
18 Participation in U.S. Government Although all U.S. citizens over the age of 18 have the right to vote, middle-aged, better off, and better-educated citizens are most likely to do so.In typical local elections, 70 – 80% citizens do not vote.This poses critical questions about the power of U.S. democracy
19 Individual Participation in U.S. Government Who Votes?Characteristics that enhance political activity:Social Class – people with more education, more income and prestigious jobs more likelyAge – middle aged/ older persons more likelyRace and Ethnicity - whites more likely than African Americans. Hispanics least likely.
20 Participation in the 2006 Election AgePercentage who voted18 – 20 yrs18.621 – 24 yrs24.825 – 34 yrs33.535 – 44 yrs45.545 – 64 yrs57.665 yrs and over62.5
21 Participation in the 2006 Election Race / EthnicityPercentage who votedWhite49.7African American41Hispanic32.3SexPercentage who votedMale46.9Female48.6
22 Participation in the 2006 Election EducationPercentage who voted8 yrs or less28.9Some high school26.8High school graduate40.5Some college49.5College graduate63.9Employment StatusPercentage who votedEmployed48.4Unemployed31.1
23 Individual Participation in U.S. Government Which Party?In U.S. whoever receives the most votes wins – ‘winner take all’ process.As a result, in practice two parties share almost all political power: Democrats and RepublicansBoth parties are basically centrist with philosophical differences:◦ Democrats associated with liberal morality◦ Republicans associated with conservative morality
24 Individual Participation in U.S. Government Why So Few Voters?Scholars suggest that Americans believe the political process is corrupt - doesn’t matter who gets elected – parties are similar.Others suggest that politicians have made it difficult for people to voteStill others argue that no major political party has involved poor minority and disenchanted Americans. (Voting rates increased through grassroots outreach during Obama campaign)
25 Ex-felon Disenfranchisement Ex-felon disenfranchisement is the loss of voting privileges suffered by those who have been convicted of a felony.In some states, ex-felon disenfranchisement applies only to those in prison; in other states, it is lifelong.Number of disenfranchised are overwhelmingly poorThe number is high enough to significantly decrease the chances of electing politicians who favor helping the poor.
26 Modern Economic Systems The economy is everything involved in the production and distribution of goods and services.There are basically two types of systems:1. Capitalism2. Socialism
27 Modern Economic Systems CapitalismThe economic system based on competition in which most wealth (land, capital and labor) is private property, to be used by its owners to maximize their own gain.Encourages hard work and innovation toward maximizing competitive advantage.Does not attend to distribution and does not provide for the public good.Those who have neither labor nor capital lose.Workers earn only a fraction of what capitalists earn
28 Modern Economic Systems SocialismThe economic structure in which productive tools (land, labor and capital) are owned and managed by the workers and used for the collective (public) good.Creed of pure socialism: from each according to ability, to each according to need.The key drawback of socialism is the absence of personal economic incentive.Production is usually lower in socialist economies.
29 Modern Economic Systems Mixed EconomiesMost Western societies today have a mixture of capitalist and socialist economic structures,Vital services such as mail and industries such as steel might be socialized to ensure continuation of service or availability of good.Other services (i.e. health care) have been partially socialized because societies have determined it unethical to deny such services to the poor.
30 Modern Economic Systems The Political EconomyRefers to the interaction of political and economic forms within a nation.Both capitalism and socialism can coexist with either authoritarian or democratic systems.The term ‘communist’ refers to societies in which a socialist economy is guided by a political elite and enforced by a military elite.
31 Modern Economic Systems The Political EconomyPrivatization and the U.S. Political Economy:Privatization refers to two processes:The increasing “farming out” of government services to private, capitalistic firms.The increasing redesign of government services to operate more like corporate businesses.
32 The Postindustrial Economy The U.S. Economic SystemThe Postindustrial EconomyPrimary sector extracts raw materials from the environment. In a preindustrial economy, the vast majority of the labor force is engaged this sector.Secondary sector processes raw materials for sale. The Industrial Revolution brought a shift from the primary sector to the secondary sector.Tertiary sector provides services for sale. Postindustrial economies focus on the tertiary sector (i.e. physicians, schoolteachers, hotel maids, short-order cooks, and police officers).
33 Changing Labor Force in the United States Insert Fig revised chart with revised data
34 The U.S. Economic System The Corporate Economy While over business operate in the U.S., most of the nation’s capital and labor are tied up in a few giant, transnational corporations.Wealthy capitalists link through shared ownership; large firms link through members on boards of directors. More cooperative than competitive.Decreased competition reduces productivity – but it increases joint political influence – domestically and beyond.
35 The U.S. Economic System The “Wal-Mart” Economy This corporation is so large and powerful that it affects the entire U.S. economy.Until 1980s federal law prohibited monopolies (a corporation that holds so large a market share for a given good/service that it controls market).Wal-Mart makes its profit selling cheap; both suppliers and competitors are driven out of business if they fail to deliver goods at a cheap price. Suppliers shift to foreign labor markets to meet price demands. U.S. production suffers.
36 The “Wal-Mart Effect”Although individual consumers benefit from Wal-Mart’s low prices, its low pay, unwillingness to pay benefits, and ability to drive competitors out of business hurts communities.As a result, protests against Wal-Mart stores and policies have increased around the country.
37 The U.S. Economic System The Economy in Crisis As of April 2009: 25% of Americans cannot pay their bills; 50% fear job loss.1M+ homes are in foreclosure.Pension and savings are gone.Economic trends of less regulation and more risk have created a system in crisis.Because of global interconnectedness, the crisis has spread around the world
38 Work in the United States OccupationsProfessional occupations – demand specialized skills and creative freedom.Non-professional occupations - do not require long years of education, do not have the autonomy to set their own educational and licensing standards, and do not have public’s confidence that they are motivated primarily by a code of ethics and a sense of service.Underground economy – associated with workers who attempt to hide from state regulation. Can occur in profession and non-professional occupations,
39 Characteristics of Professions Work in the United StatesCharacteristics of ProfessionsA profession must have the autonomy to set its own educational and licensing standards and police its members for incompetence.A profession must have technical, specialized knowledge, learned through extended, systematic training.A profession must follow a code of ethics and work more from a sense of service than from a desire for profit.
40 Non-professionalsThe fastest growing jobs in the United States today are non-professional minimum wage jobs in the service sector.These jobs offer few benefits and fewer prospects for advancement.
41 Projected Fastest Growing Jobs OccupationNew Job Openings by 2016Personal / home care aides389,000Home health aides384,000Computer software engineers – applications226,000Medical assistants148,000Computer systems analysts146,000Network systems & data communications analysts140,000Social & human service assistants114,000Computer software engineers – systems software99,000Pharmacy technicians91,000Dental assistants82,000
42 Work in the United States The Experience of WorkWorker Satisfaction - U.S. surveys find that 80% of workers report satisfaction with their work. Professionals report highest satisfaction.Alienation - occurs when workers have no control over the work process or the product of their labor.Emotional labor – refers to the work of smiling, appearing happy, or in other ways suggesting that one enjoys providing a service i.e. ‘service with a smile’
43 Work in the United States Unemployment & UnderemploymentUnemployed - people who lack a job, are available for work and are actively seeking work.Underemployed – people who hold jobs more appropriate for people with fewer skills, or hold part-time jobs only because they can’t find full time jobs.
44 Work in the United States The Future of WorkOccupational outlook:◦ More jobs in tertiary sector & ‘McJobs’ – lower pay, little status, few benefits◦ Growth in health care jobs; computer engineeringTechnology and the Future:◦ Deskilling of some jobs.◦ Displacements of the work force as some jobs vanish and new ones appear.◦ Greater supervision. Computerization and automation give management more control over the production process.◦ Impact of Technology will reflect struggles between workers and management.
45 Work in the United States The Future of WorkGlobalization and the Future – globalization has in part led our national economy through a process of reverse development: we export raw materials such as logs and wheat and import manufactured products such as VCRs and automobiles.Protecting U.S. Jobs – three general policy options:◦ The conservative free market approach - proposes that the way to keep jobs in the U.S. is to reduce wages and benefits.◦ Liberal approach: Government Policies - should restrict plant closings and support investments in local economies to provide more secure jobs.◦ Social investment approach – stop high education jobs from going overseas by adequately educating American students.
46 Where This Leaves UsPower can be exercised through coercion or authority (traditional, rational-legal, charismatic).The state is most prominent political institution – it has a monopoly on the legitimate use of coercion.Democracy likely in nations with interest group plurality, large middle class, relatively little income inequality.US Political process: Power elite and pluralist models.Voting low in US – voter alienation.Two economic models: capitalism and socialism.Both capitalist and socialist nations can be either democratic or authoritarian.Transnational corporations wield global political economic power.Tertiary sector will continue to provide most jobs in US.
48 The ability to get others to do something against their wishes is called: power.influence.politics.conflict.
49 Answer: AThe ability to get others to do something against their wishes is called power.
50 Decision-making power based on the sanctity of time-honored routines is called: charismatic authority.rational-legal authority.traditional authority.moral authority.
51 Answer: CDecision-making power based on the sanctity of time-honored routines is called traditional authority.
52 Decision-making power based on an individual’s perceived extraordinary personal characteristics is called:charismatic authority.personal authority.rational-legal authority.influence.
53 Answer: ADecision-making power based on an individual’s perceived extraordinary personal characteristics is called charismatic authority.
54 Rational-legal authority is best described as: authority based on extraordinary personal characteristics.authority based on the sanctity of time honored routines.authority based on submission to a set of reasonably established rules.exercise of power through force or threat of force.
55 Answer: CRational-legal authority is best described as authority based on submission to a set of reasonably established rules.
56 Patterns of political participation by social class show that: the working class is most likely to vote.the higher the social class, the higher the rate of participation.the lower the social class, the higher the rate of participation.class no longer affects voting participation.
57 Answer: BPatterns of political participation by social class show that the higher the social class, the higher the rate of participation.