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Politics Lectures


"What is politics?" (Lecture from Introduction to Comparative Politics)

This lecture comes from Introduction to Comparative Politics, which I teach almost every semester. In this particular lecture, I answer the question: What is politics?

Introduction to Comparative Politics has no prerequisites. It's required for political science majors at Wabash College, but is ideal for any student seeking to satisfy the behavioral science distribution requirement or for anyone with an interest in politics.

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Many thanks to the Wabash College Media Center, and especially Tu Nguyen for helping me edit the video and Ryan Cairns for filming it.

Sophie Smith - The Nature of Politics: Quentin Skinner Lecture and Symposium

Dr Sophie Smith (University of Oxford) is the Quentin Skinner Fellow 2016-17. She will be giving the annual Quentin Skinner lecture and participating in the symposium.

What are we trying to understand when we study politics - and to what end? These are often thought of as relatively new questions in the long history of political thought. On the conventional view, though the ancients certainly wrote about politics, self-conscious reflection on politics as 'science' or 'philosophy' properly speaking was a nineteenth century invention. Furthermore, the story goes, it was only in the nineteenth century that we see the relationship between political science and practical politics, not least the politics of empire, first emerge.

While the empirical and positivistic emphases of British, American and European political scientists in the nineteenth century were indeed new, the idea that there might be a 'science of politics', fit to be taught in universities, with its own methods, sources and ends, was not. Neither was the thought that, in the words of one early modern author, ‘the philosophical principles of politics’ were a necessary part of the statesman’s arsenal. In both antiquity and early modernity authors engaged with questions about what it means to study politics. Indeed, some of the topics we consider central to distinctively modern meta-discussions about the nature of, for example, 'political theory’ were in fact present in some of the very earliest discussions about the nature of what early modern authors called scientia civilis. These include debates about the sources of political normativity, about utopianism and its limits, and about possible tensions between theory and practice.
This symposium will reflect on this history and its significance for thinking about how we study politics today.

Why Major in Political Science?

Undecided about your college major? Why major in political science? What is political science? This Pizza and Politics series lecture addresses the fundamental questions and concepts associated with the study of politics.

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Michael Nacht Distinguished Lecture on Politics and Public Policy

Michael Nacht Distinguished Lecture on Politics and Public Policy: Peter D. Hart - The Mood of America and the 2010 Elections

Peter D. Hart is one of the leading analysts of public opinion in the United States. Since 1971, he has been chairman of Peter D. Hart Research Associates.

As an established leader in survey research, Mr. Hart, along with Bill McInturff of Public Opinion Strategies, has been the pollster for NBC News and The Wall Street Journal since 1989. In the political realm, Mr. Hart has represented 40 U.S. senators and 30 governors, ranging from Hubert Humphrey and Lloyd Bentsen, to Jay Rockefeller and Bob Graham. Additional focuses on public policy and cultural statistics have included work for such clients as the Smithsonian Institution, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Kennedy Center. In the international realm, Hart Research has undertaken studies in South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Mr. Hart appears frequently on the major television programs that discuss public policy issues, including Meet the Press, The Today Show, and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. For the past 26 years, he has been a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. He has taught public opinion and public policy at Duke University, the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, and currently at UC Berkeley. Mr. Hart holds a Bachelor's degree from Colby College.

The National Journal named Mr. Hart to its select list of 150 national leaders who shape federal government policy, characterizing him as probably the foremost Washington pollster for the Democratic Party and its centrist candidates, who plays a key role in identifying and shaping national trends and political messages. In 2002, Mr. Hart was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contribution to Campaign Consulting by the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC).

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: Indian Political Thought, Himashu Roy

Introduction to Political Science

What is political science? Why study political science? What are the major subdisciplines within the broad discipline of political science? What are some career options available to those that major or minor in political science? Why should political science interest you? How does it impact your life? How is political science relevant today? In this video clip (recorded on 11/23/13), Professor Sukkary answers the questions above and briefly introduces the discipline of political science.

Plato - Western Political Thought - part 1 - Philosophy & Political Science optional - UPSC

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The Speech that Made Obama President

In 2004, a one-term senator from Illinois took the stage to deliver the keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention in Boston. By the time Barack Obama had finished speaking, Democrats across the country knew they had seen the future of their party.

Political speech experts featured in this episode include:

Michael A. Cohen
Author, Live From The Campaign Trail

Mario Cuomo
Former Governor of New York

Robert Lehrman
Chief Speechwriter for Vice President Gore and Professor of Speechwriting, American University

Charlton McIlwain
Professor of Communication, New York University

Jeff Shesol
Speechwriter for President Clinton and Founding Partner, West Wing Writers

PODIUM is a bi-weekly series that embraces the art of public speaking and honors those with something to say. From historic political speeches, to contemporary commencement addresses, to wedding toasts, the series explores various genres of speechmaking and provides inspiring, insightful analysis including how-to content.

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Encyclopedia of Political Science: Hindi

An Introduction to Political Theory: Gauba

: Indian Political Thought, Himashu Roy

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The 2012 CLARK KERR LECTURES - The Dynamics Ramify: Academic Politics, Conflict and Inequality

Lecture 2: The Dynamics Ramify: Academic Politics, Conflict and Inequality

The second lecture extends the first. Among the consequences of a history of accretions is a structured inflexibility--a limited ability to respond to demographic changes, economic fluctuations, and competitors for resources. Even more profound consequences are found in the managerial implications for college and university management and politics. Accretion generates more complex and unmanageable organizations and multiplies the numbers and types of internal and external constituencies. These have transformed leadership and politics in academic life, including the tradition of shared faculty governance. The lecturer also analyses the cumulative impact of accretions on the prestige hierarchies both among research and collegiate institutions and among academic disciplines. The crisis of the humanities is given special attention.
The lecture series was established in 2001 under the auspices of the Center for Studies in Higher Education on the Berkeley campus. Initial funding for the lectures was provided by the University of California's Office of the President, and subsequently major complementary funding has been received from the Carnegie Corporation. The Center for Studies in Higher Education has established an agreement with the University of California Press for publication of the second and future lectures.

The 2012 Clark Kerr lecturer will be Neil Smelser, one of the most distinguished and accomplished leaders of American Higher Education and recognized as a profound observer of higher education. He joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 1958 and has authored eighteen books, including Theory of Collective Behavior. He is a University Professor Emeritus of Sociology for the University of California. His distinguished career has been entirely at the Berkeley campus except for a period in which he was Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford. His research has focused on what he calls the macroscopic social structural level of social life, including economic sociology, social change, social movements, and the sociology of education. He is also a trained psychoanalyst. His most recent book, published by the University of California Press in 2010, is Reflections on the University of California: From the Free Speech Movement to the Global University. Smelser is a former president of the American Sociological Association, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a member of the American Philosophical Society.

Professor Smelser's three lectures in the series will be given January 24th and 31st, and February 7th, 2012, on the Berkeley campus, with the third lecture also being given February 14th on the Riverside campus. His subject is Higher Education: The Play of Continuity and Crisis. In the lectures he will present a general view of social change, especially in universities, and interpret contemporary problems, controversies, and enigmas.

The three lectures are scheduled for:

* January 24, 4 pm, UC Berkeley Art Museum
* January 31, 4 pm, UC Berkeley Art Museum
* February 7, 4 pm, UC Berkeley Art Museum, repeated on February 14 at UC Riverside.

The series honors Clark Kerr, who served as president of the university between 1958 and 1967. Lectures are given at one or more of the university's ten campuses. Kerr headed the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education and then the Carnegie Council on Policy Studies in Higher Education from 1967 until 1979. He came to UC Berkeley in 1945 as an associate professor of industrial relations and was chancellor at Berkeley from 1952 until 1958.

Recipients of the honor are selected once every two years and are sponsored by Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE).

For more information about any of CSHE's lectures and events, contact the Center for Studies in Higher Education at 510-642-5040 or email

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7. The Mixed Regime and the Rule of Law: Aristotle's Politics, I, III

Introduction to Political Philosophy (PLSC 114)

The lecture begins with an introduction of Aristotle's life and works which constitute thematic treatises on virtually every topic, from biology to ethics to politics. Emphasis is placed on the Politics, in which Aristotle expounds his view on the naturalness of the city and his claim that man is a political animal by nature.

00:00 - Chapter 1. Aristotle: Plato's Adopted Son
12:45 - Chapter 2. Man Is, by Nature, the Political Animal
30:15 - Chapter 3. The Naturalness of Slavery

Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website:

This course was recorded in Fall 2006.

2016/09/27: Part 1: Fear and the Law

This is the video that caused the recent media storm over Bill C-16 and free speech. In it I outline my concerns about political correctness.

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This is a one hour discussion of political correctness. It is the first of a planned three part series on the topic. Part I deals with the fear that PC types are producing, and the profound legal ramifications of their continual activism. Part II is a case study, assessing the PC-ification of the University of Toronto HR department.

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Two-Party to Multi-Party Politics - Vernon Bogdanor

Between 1951 and 1959, over 95% of voters supported the two major parties. Since 1983, fewer than 80% have voted Conservative or Labour. How is the decline of the two party system to be explained?

The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website:

Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website.


2015 Castle Lectures - Africa, A Half-Century of Dysfunctional Politics

The 2015 Castle Lectures - Africa: The Last Frontier for Development – Lecture 2: A Half-Century of Dysfunctional Politics
Africa has lagged the rest of the developing world in terms of economic development, health, the establishment of social order, and the consolidation of democracy. For development outcomes, compared to other regions of the world, Africa is the “last frontier”. This lecture series will first survey the dimensions of development failures, and then will identify the historical and political sources accounting for this lag. Finally, it will point to some hopeful trends.
Speaker: David Laitin, James T. Watkins IV and Elise V. Watkins Professor of Political Science, Stanford University

"Representation and Contemporary Democracy" Tanner Lectures 2013 | Mahindra Center

Representative Democracy: The Constitutional Theory of Campaign Finance Reform

Nadia Urbinati Kyriakos Tsakopoulos Professor of Political Theory and Hellenic Studies, Columbia University

May 1, 2013

F2a2 Politics lectures

Lecture 2 of 2 on political power distribution in the USA.

Nan Aron: Law, Politics, and the Media Lecture Series

The Institute for the Study of Judiciary, Politics, and the Media at Syracuse Unviersity presents: The Politics of Judicial Selection.

Nan Aron is the President and Executive Director of the Alliance for Justice and has been a leading voice in public interest law for over 30 years. In addition to her work on judicial advocacy, she has also worked to expand the support for participation of nonprofit and foundation staff in public life.

The goal of this lecture series is to engage in a dialogue about the court system and its environment as a single, integrated subject of study. The lectures complement the Law, Politics, and the Media course and involve sitting judges, practicing lawyers, and working journalists.

The Clinton Lectures: Purpose

Georgetown alumnus and 42nd President of the United States Bill Clinton gives his third lecture in a series, talking about purpose, vision and ‘radical inclusion’ as the hallmarks of successful leaders.



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