Politics in the School of
Applied Social Science
Dr. Chris Wyatt – Senior Lecturer
What is Politics
• The allocation of scarce resources; who gets what, why and how.
• Communal decision-making (master-slav...
The State
• The most comprehensive authority we encounter, yet
politics is also found in sub-state institutions like
corpo...
Recap
• The way we organise our lives together in a
community, even though our opinions and interests
often clash; where s...
What is politics?
• Key terms: power, state, democracy, consent,
representation, authority, legitimacy, transparency and
s...
Politics graduates are found in a wide range of careers, from management,
through journalism, the public sector, campaigni...
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Politics, School of Applied Social Science, University of Brighton, summer open day, June 2014

Politics presentation, summer open day, June 2014.
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Transcripts - Politics, School of Applied Social Science, University of Brighton, summer open day, June 2014

  • 1. Politics in the School of Applied Social Science Dr. Chris Wyatt – Senior Lecturer
  • 2. What is Politics • The allocation of scarce resources; who gets what, why and how. • Communal decision-making (master-slave relation is/is not political!). • An open process (which is?) whereby differing views (if we all agree is there a need for politics?) come to be collectivised and decisions are binding on the group (how enforced?). • Involves: persuasion, bargaining, and a method for agreeing upon a final decision; gives rise to authority and power.
  • 3. The State • The most comprehensive authority we encounter, yet politics is also found in sub-state institutions like corporations and trade unions. • Key concepts: liberty, equality, social justice, community, democracy; there is much debate on the various conceptualisations of each one, i.e. Liberty: negative, effective, republican and divided-self. They can also come into conflict, i.e. Democracy and liberty (liberty begins where politics ends).
  • 4. Recap • The way we organise our lives together in a community, even though our opinions and interests often clash; where spontaneous agreement occurs, politics is superfluous. • Compromise (find agreement), authority (the right of an institution to make decisions), power (ability to realise desired effect, despite any opposition) and deception (‘spin doctor’; dodgy behaviour aimed at securing an advantage: ‘the ends justify the means’) (Kingdom, 1999).
  • 5. What is politics? • Key terms: power, state, democracy, consent, representation, authority, legitimacy, transparency and scrutiny. • Return to this question in three years: where do you think the real sources of power are? Is it ‘the people’, a class, the owners of capital, men, the military, the government, MNCs, the talented, the mass media, and so on.
  • 6. Politics graduates are found in a wide range of careers, from management, through journalism, the public sector, campaigning, research and indeed politics, at the local, national and international level. This course will also prepare students for careers working in advocacy groups and governmental and non-governmental international organisations. Career Opportunities