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A pluralist society? Only if you have 200k!

Clearly Peter Cruddas isn’t the only one offering access for cash, but he’s been caught…you can use this example in an essay on political power… http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17504798

Power of the media?

A good article from the BBC today looking at the media influence on politics and which leaders are selected http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17399310

KONY

My students actually alerted me to this. It has great implications for political power. Watch the video at the end of this post. It has 55m youtube hits. People can really make a difference through social media and this is evidenced in obama’s action (albeit mediocre) against Kony. It poses more questions than answers. Will … Continue reading

People power? Examining the impact of social media….

A great link below. It’s American politics but it’s a terrific example for A2 2: political power. Has social media given “the people” more power to directly challenge elites? It seems like it… Read on… ** Can Limbaugh survive advertiser boycott? ** Rush Limbaugh’s repeated apologies to a female student over “slut” jibe has not … Continue reading

Greece will no doubt leave the Eurozone…will it destabilise the Euro?

As Greece readies to bow out by all accounts, questions are arising over the whole euro experiment with euro sceptics saying “I told you so”. There is two hopes of GB joining the euro in my life time and one of them is Bob Hope! If the euro survives (and with German backing it surely … Continue reading

Greek crisis creates huge instability within the 17 country €zone.

This is an example of instability on a global scale and is a useful example on a political power essay. How much say does the Greek PM really have with the Greek populace breathing down his neck on one side and the IMF, G20 nations and Eurozone countries on the other…(far too many organisations for … Continue reading

Libya’s post dictatorship difficulties

This story from the washington post illustrates how difficult it is for a regime to get a stable government. It must aim for widespread legitimacy & regimes born out of bloodshed and civil war struggle to achieve this…It is a good example/case study for your A2 political power module. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/libya-struggles-to-create-army-out-of-militias/2011/10/28/gIQAwWsjaM_story.html?hpid=z1&utm_campaign=wpapp

Gaddafi dead, but what does it say about political power?

 As politics students we can highlight a number of key aspects of legitimacy surrounding the death of Gaddafi and the Libya experience: Once G had lost international recognition and support he was as good as finished. His brutality and coercion came back to haunt him (even though he lasted 42 years). General instability and the … Continue reading

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Is Ethnic Conflict Inevitable? | Foreign Affairs

A long article – read the first page and skim read the rest. The crux is that ethnic diversity does NOT make conflict inevitable. When writing essays we do need to balance our arguments…. Is Ethnic Conflict Inevitable? | Foreign Affairs.