Introduction to Political Science Analytical Essay by michaelbourt

Introduction to Political Science
An examination of the theoretical and ideological assumptions which act as the foundation for political science.
# 147329 | 2,297 words | 6 sources | APA | 2008 | GB
Published on Mar 20, 2011 in Political Science (General)

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This paper aims to offer a comprehensive analysis of the major themes and debates which take place in political scientific discourse. Firstly, the concept of the state is assessed on the basis of whether it is a modern institutional construct. Secondly, the main similarities and differences between Conservatism and Liberalism are examined. The third section deals with the issue of democracy and assesses whether it represents 'the tyranny of the majority'. Fourthly, the writer outlines which of the primary political ideologies he considers to be the most appealing and the reasons which account for this appeal. Finally, the failings of the various ideologies discussed are outlined in a way which provides a different assessment from that made in section four.

From the Paper:

"Nonetheless, Socialism as understood by the actions of the old Labour party in Britain is hugely effective and beneficial in a number of ways. Firstly, the overt willingness to bring about state provision and direction in terms of social policy is a positive tenet of socialist thinking. As such, the wish to instil greater levels of equality in society is certainly achieved to some degree by state welfare provision (Pearce and Stewart; 2002). The socialist outlook on such provision is far more comprehensive than that offered by Conservatives such as David Hume and also moves beyond the piecemeal approach of Liberal thinkers (Rejai; 1995). Therefore, Socialist conceptions of universal and comprehensive welfare provision allows for greater equality in society and also more effective ability for social progression and development."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Eatwell, R & Wright, A (1999) Contemporary Political Ideologies London: Continuum.
  • Eccleshall, R et al (2003) Political Ideologies: an introduction London: Routledge.
  • Heywood, A (1999) Political Theory: an introduction London: Palgrave.
  • Held, D (2006) Models of Democracy New York: Stanford University Press.
  • Pearce, M & Stewart, G (2002) British Political History: 1867-2001, democracy and decline London: Routledge.

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