Articles for category: Political Theory

Political Theory: An Evolving Discipline of Critical Thought and Analysis

“Political theory is the most salient feature of politics in the past and continues to illuminate its future.”— Sheldon Wolin Introduction to Political Theory Political theory is a fundamental component of political science, recently recognized as an academic field. Historically, those involved in this discipline identified themselves as philosophers or scientists. The term “political theory” ...

Good Governance

Good Governance: Transparency, Accountability, and Inclusivity

“What we want is minimum government and maximum governance” – Harlan Cleveland Good Governance Introduction Good governance in a democracy serves as the catalyst for harmonious coexistence, ensuring minimal interference in individual liberties while maximizing support for the common welfare, transparency, accountability, and responsive, participatory decision-making, fostering a thriving society. The concept of good governance ...

Social Movements

Social Movements: Types and Stages

Social movements are organized efforts to drive social or political change or resist change through collective action and advocacy. Introduction Social movements have long been a driving force for change in society, bringing together like-minded individuals with a common purpose. These movements are a testament to the power of collective action and their ability to ...

Electoral Systems: Different types of Voting Systems

Electoral Systems: Different types of Voting Method

An electoral system is a set of rules and procedures used to determine how representatives are chosen in a democracy, typically involving methods like first-past-the-post or proportional representation to allocate seats based on votes cast. The specific system used can greatly impact the fairness and outcomes of elections. Introduction The electoral system is the backbone ...

Civil Society, NGOs and Interest Groups

The Role of Civil Society, NGOs and Interest Groups in Democracy and Social Change

In the dynamic landscape of democracy and social transformation, the pivotal contributions of civil society, NGOs, and Interest groups shine as catalysts for change and progress. Introduction Civil society, often referred to as the “third sector” of society, plays a critical role in representing the shared interests, values, and behavior of the public. Distinct from ...

Political Parties and Party System

Political Parties and Party Systems in Modern Democracy

Political parties are organized groups of individuals with common political goals and ideologies. A party system refers to the arrangement of political parties in a given country, which can be characterized as a one-party, two-party, multi-party, or non-partisan system. Introduction In the realm of modern democracy, political parties stand as a cornerstone, serving as the ...

David Easton

System Theory: Exploring David Easton’s Framework for Political Analysis

System Theory is popularized by David Easton in Political theory who views society as an open system where decisions in the political system are influenced by inputs from the environment, leading to the authoritative allocation of values through policy-making and feedback loops. Introduction Originally, the System approach shares its roots from biology and was articulated ...

Mao Zedong: The Revolutionary Leader of Communist China

Mao Zedong: The Revolutionary Leader of Communist China

Mao Zedong, a Chinese communist revolutionary and founding father of the People’s Republic of China, was known for his radical ideology and leadership, which reshaped China through massive social and political transformations, including the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution. Introduction Mao Zedong, often referred to as the Father of Modern Communist China, holds ...

Karl Marx: Class Struggle, Historical Materialism and Communism

Karl Marx: Class Struggle, Historical Materialism and Communism

Karl Marx, a 19th-century philosopher and economist, revolutionized political thought with his critique of capitalism and advocacy for a classless society. His ideas continue to influence social and economic discourse to this day. Introduction Karl Heinrich Marx, a prominent figure in the world of philosophy and social theory, was born in 1818 in Trier, a ...

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