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Much of Michels 'iron rule' theory was influenced heavily by Karl Marx' philosophy on class rivalries, believing that in any capitalist society there would always be a ruling class of bureaucrats who controlled the state's resources, as he wrote 'the 'dominant' or 'political' class ..... consists the only factor of sufficiently durable efficacy in the history of human development.' 1 (Michels) This was an accepted fact up to the turn of the twentieth century; when ideals of aristocratic dominance were exchanged for ones of open democracy and the end of political inequalities.
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Despite its obvious decline the farming population in the EU remains significant. In France it is the fourth largest occupational group, and similar patterns are found in Greece, Portugal, Ireland, Spain and Italy3. Also taking active farmers, retired farmers, spouses of farmers, voting age children of farmers, and former farmers now in other occupations as constituting the combined agricultural contribution, then farmers as a percentage of the electorate rises to over 17% in France, and approaches that level in other EU states with large agricultural sectors4.
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'A gets B to do something that he or she would not otherwise do'. Does this sum up the essence of political power?4 star(s)
This quote in the question doesn't refer to the intention of A in relation to the outcomes of the situation. Neither does it introduce the idea of others possessing power. While the quote makes no reference to the power of others, it does introduce two important elements of any definition of political power; a relationship and the removal of coincidence. In political situations, coincidence is hard to remove because to do this you must ensure that B wouldn't have acted in the same way regardless of A.
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Why is the single currency so important? Discuss with relation to issues of economic and political union.4 star(s)
Many economists use the term 'eurosclerosis' to describe this slump in economic growth during the last twenty years. As a result of this, the importance of stability lies within its ability to drag the diverse currency base of Europe towards greater economic prosperity and to prevent a reoccurrence of eurosclerosis. Eichengreen and Wyplosz3 describe how the economic principal of creating stability and, as a result instilling confidence into businesses across Europe can provide the strong financial outlook the EU needs for long term growth.
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This essay shall refer to and question amongst other things, the growing number of NSA and as to whether they are now more important? Are economies more globally interdependent and as such in reference to this method of questioning does this make the state any the less important. Since the end of World War II, realism, also known as the power politics school of thought has dominated the field of international relations. Although it faces a sustained challenge, realism continues to provide for a large number of scholars and foreign policy makers the basic assumptions for the analysis of world politics.
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In addition to this increased productivity, and thus output, results in falling food prices raising living standards and thus profitability of non-agricultural sectors. The reallocation of resources through greater productivity is achieved by earnings in the agricultural sector declining in relation to other sectors. Thus one can say there is a 'natural' tendency for agricultural populations to suffer relative poverty. Low earnings are a result of productivity in agriculture increasing more rapidly than the demand for food. If supply outpaces demand, prices have to fall to restore the balance.
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`Stuart Hall and Andrew Gamble are among the foremost contributors to the study of Thatcherism. Their definition therefore is a useful reference point when identifying and discussing Thatcherite ideology. This is not to say that their view is unanimously accepted by other political commentators - of all the recognized components of Thatcherism, the two cited by Hall and Gamble as being central to it, are the two aspects most open to debate. `In order to understand the nature of Thatcherism, I feel that it is necessary to examine the relationship between Thatcherism and (previous)
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