Posted: October 27th, 2022
“Occupy Wall Street”
Do you agree or disagree with Dr. Jalani Cobb that America is going through a “regime” change?
What role do social movements play in democracies?
Can social movements bring lasting change?
Be sure to refer to sections on democracy and human rights in this week’s reading, Poli Sci Intro (file attached) and the section on collective action problems in lecture listed below
Your posts in the discussion should demonstrate critical thought, creativity and mastery of the subject matter. Each post should be at least two well developed paragraphs unless otherwise stated in the prompt. Use correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
Link for Occupy Wall Street:
What is Political Science?
The Importance of Institutional Design
Collective Action Problems
These problems often involve public goods (one individual can consume without reducing its availability to another individual, and from which no one is excluded).
For example: Environmental problems are an example of collective action problems. Everyone would benefit from having clean air but no individual person or entity has an economic incentive to reduce their carbon emissions. The solution to these problems is to have a third party (government) require individuals to engage in certain behaviors because we know it would benefit society as a whole. This example can also be applied to parks, beaches, paying for education, paying for roads, etc.
Designing Institutions to Achieve Collective Action
Congress has created about 80 inspector general offices within the bureaucracy to check and monitor for agency failures and report them.
Note: Almost all of this material was taken from Clark, Golder and Golder
Clark, William Robert, Matt Golder, and Sona Nadenichek Golder. Principals of Comparative Politics. Washington D.C.: CQ Press.
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