By Trevor Munroe
Crucial fabric for first-year scholars in social sciences and for the final reader drawn to the fundamentals of latest politics.
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In that context, we should notice that in the Caribbean, not only does the largest percentage of the people live outside of the region but also that the people at the bottom of the social structure travel more compared to anywhere else. Rapid Urbanization Rapid urbanization means that fewer and fewer people are living in villages and districts of rural areas and more and more people are concentrated in cities. For example, in 1975, only about a quarter of the population of developing countries lived in urban areas.
If politics is the process of decision making then politics is everywhere. Informal politics, for instance, is characterized by the presence of decision making, and of conflict, but the absence of government. There is no formal parliament, nor ministers, but there is politics, for example, in the family, in a relationship, in an office, in church – all of which we would be unable to study as politics were we to accept the dictionary definition. The heart and soul of politics is not the prime minister or the electorate; these are part of the structure of national politics.
The study of interest groups is therefore important. 5. There is greater involvement of government in the economy. Before, government was very limited in size, scope, and power. Now, taxation, ownership of assets and utilities (telephone, electricity, water), and manipulation of the money supply (monetary policy) are major governmental concerns. This suggests the importance of studying political economy, or the relationship between the actions of government and the economy. 6. The great frequency of states dealing with one another and greater interaction between them underline the need for the study of international relations.