Category Archives: Political science

Urban Politics

Urban politics is all about how cities work and what can be done to improve their functioning. The quality of life for city dwellers directly depends on economic and social welfare in cities. The operation of cities depends on their political and administrative position. American cities have significant control over their policy-making, but the impact of the federal laws is… (more…)

Founding of the American Political System

The American political system was influenced by many factors outside the US. The British legal system was the first one. Though the American democracy is nothing like the British monarchy that still remains such, the US Constitution borrowed some principles from the Great Charter (1215) and the Petition of Rights (1628). The English Bill of Rights signed in 1689 also… (more…)

Socialism in the Developing World

As a cure for capitalism, socialism was popular in many European countries. The system granted ownership of production to the public and created a strong social welfare system for those who did not own any capital. Marginalized imperial or colonial countries developed a weak form of capitalism, however, they had their own interest in adopting socialism. First, socialism could provide… (more…)

Revisionism and Social Democracy

Dramatic changes in the European community did not end with the liberalism of Enlightenment. The advent of capitalism left workers without protections granted by traditional communities. The promise of progress and prosperity did not refer to wage laborers who faced low wages and poor working conditions. After The Communist Manifesto of Marx and Engels had been issued, almost every European… (more…)

Modern Democratic Thought

Democracy remains to be the key concern of political scientists. For the past 50 years, they developed a range of theories that make up our present-day understanding of the democratic order. Among the most prominent theories of¬†democracy, we have pluralist, participatory, liberal minimalist, deliberative, and agonistic theories.¬†The most popular and timely direction in the political thought, democracy touches upon politics,… (more…)