By Trevor Munroe

Crucial fabric for first-year scholars in social sciences and for the final reader attracted to the fundamentals of latest politics.

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The corner group or “crew”, which can be found in inner-city communities in the Caribbean or anywhere else in the world, is a peer group with a big influence on collective behaviour and collective ways of relating to authority. The gang is a very important peer group and to the extent that some gangs are more organized than others, they may also qualify as secondary sources of political socialization (described below). SECONDARY POLITICAL SOCIALIZATION Secondary political socialization takes place through mechanisms that are more formal, more structured, and more organized.

7. There has been a tremendous growth in the number of independent states – approximately 189 in 2000, compared with about 30 (the other states were colonies) 100 years ago. The rapid increase in the number of independent states encouraged investigation and comparison of political cultures and political/governmental structures, and therefore the development of comparative politics. Politics and the Nature of Political Science 33 The idea of government and politics being defined solely as the art and science of government therefore became inadequate and the number of subjects grew from three – constitutional law, constitutional studies, and political philosophy – to include: Ⅲ Ⅲ Ⅲ Ⅲ Ⅲ Ⅲ Ⅲ Public opinion and voting behaviour Political psychology Public administration and public sector management The study of political parties and interest groups Political economy International relations Comparative politics The nature of politics has expanded, and political science has become more complex, in keeping with the world in which we live.

In our case, studies have shown that the basis that makes us proud of our identity is not politics or economic achievement. The basis of identity is our sporting and cultural achievements (for example, our music). In addition, we take pride in the beauty of our island (environment). ATTITUDES TO LEADERSHIP A working definition of leadership would be the ability of an individual or group to move others to action, or to agree on a particular course, mainly by non-coercive means. This concept of leadership involves at least two dimensions: followers and leaders.

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