An Introduction to Politics: Lectures for First Year by Trevor Munroe

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By Trevor Munroe

Crucial fabric for first-year scholars in social sciences and for the overall reader drawn to the fundamentals of latest politics.

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Therefore, it is understandable that this is the way in which we define politics. However, that it is understandable does not mean that it is justifiable. It is no more justifiable to equate the nature of politics with corruption, self-seeking behaviour, violence, and power hunger than it is to equate the nature of Islam with terrorism. You cannot determine the nature of a phenomenon on the basis of how people who claim to practise it act. For example, how would we regard Christianity if we were to define Christianity on the basis on what has been done in the name of Christianity over the years?

In Trinidad and Tobago, Dr Eric Williams attracted a similar relationship of deference. The story goes that whenever he appointed a member of his Cabinet, the new member would be required to submit to him as leader an undated letter of resignation, so that if the minister of government stepped out of line, Williams would simply put in the date and the resignation would become effective. Vere Bird in Antigua and Eric Gairy in Grenada are also examples of this type of leader. Egalitarianism In an egalitarian relationship the leader and followers regard each other as relatively equal.

While democratic states have in common the recognition of the rights and freedoms described above, there are nevertheless subtypes of democracy. Distinctions need to be made within the category of democracy in examining the nature and character of democratic states. 9 TYPES OF DEMOCRACY DIRECT AND INDIRECT DEMOCRACY Direct and indirect democracy may be distinguished according to how the people exercise their power or their rule in the democratic state. However, as with authoritarian and democratic states, these types do not exist in pure form.

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