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Sociology notes on different types of government

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Sociology notes on different types of government SOC101

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These notes cover monarchy, democracies, authoritarianism, fascism, etc. and the differences between them.
Introductory Sociology
Dr. Richard Fey
Class Notes
sociology, ASU, monarchy, Fascism, democracy, authoritarianism, Hitler, Mussolini, united states
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Date Created: 04/07/16
SOC 101 4/7/16 Class notes  Development of politics o Hunting and gathering  Like family: specialized roles o Agrarian societies  Small elite gaining power o Political states  Restricted governing o Modern-nation states  Modern technology brought about larger-scale political systems referred to as nation states  The monarchy o Rule by a single person or family o Typical agrarian society o Modern example: Great Britain o Absolute monarchy  Inherited  Rulers monopolizing power  Often supported by a strong military  King has absolute power and final say  I.e. King and queens or czars o Constitutional monarchy  Modern day monarchy  More of a figure head than a ruler  Political principles rule  Elected officials really rule  Democracies o Power is exercised by people as a whole o Representative democracy  Authority in the hands of elected officials o Rational-legal reasoning has ties to democracies o Use of extensive bureaucracies o Direct democracy  Directly elected officials; elected by the people for the people o Extensive use of never elected petty bureaucrats  Authoritarian o Denies popular participation in government o The ruler has very strong control o Whatever benefits the state becomes law o Absolute monarchy  Heavy control  Little or no voice in government for most people  Government id often indifferent to peoples needs  Government has no legal processes to remove leadership- arbitrary laws versus “rule of law” o “Soft authoritarianism”  Heavy-handed government offering a “good life” people  We govern for your best needs  i.e. the possibilities of an improved life  Fascism versus Totalitarianism o Fascism: philosophy that exalts a national and often the race of the individual that’s stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictorial leader and no opposition  Autocratic: a person with unlimited power Fascism  Total control over the population  Justifies giving power to a single person  Occurs when a middle class feels very insecure  Bombard the population with propaganda  Make the individual seem insignificant  Thrown in jail if you question the government or disagree  Terror is used to make the population obedient  Political uniforms were used as symbols to create a stronger sense of nationalism  Rely on Fascist symbols  Targets the middle class  Exploits nationalism –mythical component to this  All fascism is related to their culture; i.e. Mussolini did so with trying to bring back the powerful nation of “Rome”  Examples: Nazis and Hitler, Mussolini, etc. Totalitarianism  No myths were used as they are in fascism Politics in America  Cultural ties o America’s Bill of Rights o Limits the government  The political spectrum o Liberal to conservatism o Allows for voices to be heard o Opposition can occur  Economic issues o Differences in opinions  Social Issues o “The value issues debate”  Mixed Positions o Race and money talk  Party Identification o Why just two parties?


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