Taking the Path Of Politics

Political Science in Arizona

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When I hear about politics, I began to think of my brother who has always been interested in this field. He is now in his third year as a Political Science major student in a university in Arizona. Time flies so fast. Three years ago, I was pushing him to take up engineering but he was in for a different calling. Part of him wanted to save the world through understanding deeper the art of politics. He wanted to understand the causes of society’s problems and its possible solutions and the ideas of system that can help shape the future. It is education he thinks that will serve as a framework for making a change in society. He knew from the start what he wanted to do in his life.

We grew up to have different interests and perspectives about random matters. On summer breaks, while he spent his days in a public library, I spent my time in the football field with friends. He liked watching CNN news every morning though I would love to switch the television to the sports channel. We often debated about small trivial matters when we were young and usually ending up in nonsense fights. And as the older one, I insisted on things he ought to do.

Maturity allowed us to put ourselves into each other’s shoe and to just be there for each other. Although politics is something that I don’t take interest in, I heartily support my brother’s choice to lead a career in political science. I have seen him gradually preparing for this journey for years. In high school, he took interest in reading books about the life stories of Mandela and Gandhi. In fact, he started making a difference in society even as a teenager. He was actively involved in volunteer programs which had carried out help when our state is faced with issues on natural disasters. Flooding is a natural occurrence in our city. We watched how streets became impassable due to the flood. The water damage Tucson experienced had left homes and business establishments in terrible conditions. Some families needed to be kept in safer places. I came along with my brother in volunteering for the relief operations. It was a life-changing experience.

I admit I call myself a non-political person. I had formed misconceptions in my mind about the idea of political science. I thought I had to save my brother from getting into a frustrating job of making policies, doing service works and saving the world. But I came to accept the fact that politics is his life. The loaf of bread I eat everyday, the cost of fuel or my safety in the streets are relative to politics. This is the very mechanisms of life that we simply cannot detach ourselves with. I am glad that my brother knew the exact path that he wanted to take on. He took the course of Political Science not because he saw a glittering career ahead of him but because he is interested in making a real change in our world.

Social Media and its Relation to Political Science

When the Internet first came to be, no one knew exactly how it would affect the lives of everyone living on the planet. Decades later, almost everyone uses the Internet. Whether it be for the pursuit of knowledge, happiness, riches, and even political ambitions.

During a conversation with a friend who works for a bankruptcy law firm, we began talking about how social media has affected political science. Bob may be an expert in everything there is to know about bankruptcy, but he also loves a good debate!

In the old days, people who want to run for public office had to go on the streets and hold rallies in order for the masses to listen to what they had to say. Now it’s all about Facebook and Twitter marketing and recording political speeches and meetings and uploading them in Youtube. Others use Foursquare as a means of announcing to the online world where the campaign rally is going to be. There’s even a rising trend of politicians hiring social media managers for their Facebook and Twitter pages!

Have you ever wondered why people get all crazy whenever they hear social networking sites? Are you surprised why a Youtube video, despite having a boring and mundane presentation, is actually gathering thousands of subscribers and viewers? Are you shocked why businesses are now dependent on Twitter?

Social media is the great melting pot of business and personal communication. Whether we like it or not, people are, and will always be, attracted to social media because of its unlimited and creative potential. Think of the thousands of blogs being created day by day, the millions of members Facebook, Twitter and MySpace receive, and the hundreds of videos being uploaded to Youtube by just one single member! You just don’t create relationships and bonds with social media; you earn money as well.

Think of those games that you see and play in Facebook; Zynga, for example, has made millions ever since they started creating games in Facebook. Twitter is the secret weapon of internet marketers, channeling hundreds of promotions with a few posts on the social media site. Because of all these positive effects on both the business and personal aspects of our everyday lives, social media is now described as “the next big thing since the Internet.”

If games can be promoted with social media, then I’m pretty sure a political candidate can be marketed without problems. My friend and I finally agreed that when the time comes, there will be a new subject for political science students to talk and research about.

Why Use Technology in Political Science?

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Why use technology in advocating Political Science?

At this point in time, where technology is in its prime and is continually expanding and innovating, is this even a valid point to ask?

Today, technology is no longer a luxury. It is as necessary and inevitable part of life.

If you want to succeed in life, you have to be equipped with the right knowledge and skills that will let you maneuver the world of technology. If you fail to enhance these skills, you will be left behind by other people.

For advocates of Political Science, may they be teachers, students or professionals of the field, technology is an important part of the system.

conversation is an important part of Political Science. The sharing of ideas, development, and the provisions of arguments, are very vital to this field. As such, a large part of today’s dialogues are found in the web. People are talking to each other in forums, chats, and are expressing opinion and stands through blogs. Hence, being tech savvy is important in exploring all sides of your topic.

Collaboration is made easier now because of the internet. You can team up with people who have the same ideals as yours, and you don’t even have to meet. You can easily use the communication devices that the internet has to offer. There are Enterprise hosted PBX solutions that are preferred by people these days, because they are free and are an easier means of communication than the now almost outdated telephone service systems. Using this means of communication, you can team up with a person or a group of people, and you all can work in harmony and with organization, because your communication will be easier and smoother.


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Being tech savvy is an important skill that will give you an edge against other people. As such, this will also boost your self-esteem. When you have confidence in yourself, you can tackle any topic with ease because you know you researched and worked hard to learn the things you know.

The internet will also open your eyes to the fact that sometimes, failures are necessary to gain valuable knowledge. You can learn this from the stories of other people. If you read through their experience, you can either learn from their failure, or, see that you are not the first to make such mistakes and that there is always the rainbow after the rain.

This of course does not mean that you can forget about being cautious. Of course, while mistakes are part of life, it does not give you the ticket to not do your best and just commit mistakes every time.

What You Didn’t Know About Political Science Theories

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There are a number of theories that have been advanced by philosophers in history. While some of these philosophers changed the way politics is studied, other didn’t have much impact on the subject. The fact is that some of the theories are anchored on common law, whereas others are inclined towards other facets of politics. Some of the most common theories used in the study of politics are; Marxist theory, public choice theory, rationality theorem, and safety valve theory. The others that fall in the same range are; Michigan model, selectorate theorem, Taftian theory, and power resource theory.

It is elemental to note that the theories vary from the angle on the political subject that they tackle. For instance, what institutional theory deals with, relatively varies with what theories of political behavior and power resource theory tries to explain. It is based on this fact that you need to understand at least the basics of each theory to be able to analyze a political situation from an informed perspective. However, it goes without saying that no matter the political angle you look at a specific case, there will be varying levels of interdependence between the mentioned theories.

The different political science theories can also be found in other areas of study including the social sciences. In other words, this means that some of the theories are multidisciplinary while others are not. The philosophers who are credited for solidifying some of these theories differed in their attribution to matters that concern governance. However, there is always a consensus on other precepts that are directly related to power. These philosophers can be grouped into different categories, and these include; the ancient or medieval philosophers, the modern philosophers, those born in the 19th century and those born in 18th century. Note that some of the political science theories were developed over time, so the subject matter tends to change over the period a theory was developed.

There are a good number of political science philosophers who had a great impact on how politics is perceived. What this means is that their thoughts have stood the test of time, and dynamics of governance has changed based on what they stated. The popular names that have influenced this landscape include; Machiavelli, Plato, and Aristotle. The others whose influence is notable include; John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, Montesquieu, and David Hume. The two philosophers that cannot be left out on this list are Mohammad Ibn-al Wahab, and Al-Mawardi, their theories were unique, and happened to touch the very core elements of governance.

In all theories, there is an emphasis put on analysis of the core elements that control politics. The power to rule, the power to control, and the desire for mutual benefit as man is a social animal by nature. As a matter of fact, all these theories are only meant to discover power, and what effect it has on humans.

What Does Political Science Really Entail


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What Does Political Science Really Entail

It is important to understand what really political science encompasses, in order to deal with the different aspects of subject matter. In almost all cases, political science will cover a number of things including; public law, International relations, public administration, and, of course, comparative politics. The scope and depth that anybody is able to cover these topics will relatively vary, but many times it will depend on knowledge that a person has gathered over a period of time. This means for anyone to correctly interpret history, evaluate leadership, or make a political prediction concerning leadership in any jurisdiction, he must be experienced in these issues.

The education level and qualifications are also necessary if the person is to be an authority in the subject matter. If you are limited in these two, the chances that you will misinterpret issues are always pretty high. There are various schools of political theories that can be argued from different angles, and this is what offers solid evidence that it not a science with defined rules that must be followed. In a nutshell, there are many schools of thought that can be studied, evaluated and views offered. However, without a good platform to express these views they are not likely to have the much-needed impact. It is for this reason that many political scientists will always strive to be on the mainstream media and communication channels and leadership positions, if not they end up becoming politicians.

It is imperative to note that in political science a number of methodologies can be used in the study of this subject. The gathering of information can be done by positive research, realism, and institutionalism. You can also research on politics using other social science methods like structuralism, as well as post-structuralism. If you understand these different methods, it will always be a plus because you are most likely to offer authority opinion on matters that concern politics.

Overall, this is a study of how human beings react to pertinent issues that dictate all facets of leadership and what influences policies and political leadership. This means that it touches on the very core elements that define governance, and related issues. However, one thing that you will actually notice is that different theories might be subject to a certain period. Thereafter, they are rendered not credible when other specific issues arise in future. For instance, what might be important during an electioneering period, might not apply to reactions of people during a dictatorial leadership. Either way, opinion has to be effected.