Canadian Bureaucracy

Bureaucratic Influence Upon Canadian Policy Making Janet A McDonald. 1994, ammended 2010. Originally for Political Science 1F90, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Professor Bill Mattheson. The Canadian civil service, in its increasing complexity, exerts significant political and policy influence in the effort to provide good government. Several factors play a part in its development. Power …

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Plato and the Guys

All political activity involves either bringing a change from the worst to the better or preventing a change  from the better to the worst. Plato An optimist, Plato saw humans as fundamentally good. It is the environment that corrupts. Humans are naturally not equal. The gold type are by nature equipped to rule. Silver is …

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Democracy Anyone?

It is a myth that we have popular control over our governments. Hope reigns eternal and the frameworks are put into place: everyone ought to be able to vote (who -the working class, at what age, with property, women…..the issues are ongoing) elections must provide a real choice voters have adequate information to sort out …

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Nations and States

The Nation: has common values, shared identity, history, language, customs, culture both subjective and a state of mind, a cultural identity, a group of politically conscious people usually in a specific territory who want to possess its own state and its own government, may or may not have its own state, feel different from others, …

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Values Added

You – Part of the Law Making Process What law-making values are important to you? Is it dealing with significant scarce resources? Is it: everyone with land to “own”, justice, security, equality, freedom, decent housing, access to post-secondary education, clean air, health care? Disagreement and conflict are inevitable in handling scarce resources. The difficulty in obtaining …

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Law Making Philosophies

Normative thinking in the balance Cultural biases play a part of who we are and the direction we want to head in. We can see prescriptive “normative” attitudes and structures as both comforting and stagnating simultaniously. We need to look at the legal and ethical principles which underly the state. When we accept that no …

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Power and Authority to Make Laws

The state is given a social contract to make laws where it is expected to meet the basic needs of its own citizens. Legislation creates laws for conflict resolution and organizational cooperation hopefully with security, order and justice using a balanced use of force, power and authority. We need to look at power and government, …

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