According to Trevor Munroe “Modern political science is the process whereby binding decisions are taken. Second, it is the study of the decisions themselves and the nature of decisions taken. Third, it examines the impact of the decisions that are taken and considered binding by a given group. Hence, it is the study of a broad process, substance and impact of decision making- not just the art and science of government.” Therefore it can be said that political science is about decision making as a result of social issues.
Political science incorporates the basics of peoples understanding of politics or political matters whether good or bad. Many label politicians as corrupt, “power hungry” and selfish individuals. In addition, certain incidents or experience may force persons to have a negative view of politics. For example, persons who know of or experienced the 1980s’ elections in Jamaica consider politicians especially those of the labour party as violent.
Further, political science exists to help in the understanding of social issues, order and laws. The study of political science gives people a deeper understanding of politics and not just the surface level. For example, not only will persons know which party leader in power but will understand “the structure of institution that influence the process; that is the state and government…”
Since Tony Blair’s famous speech ‘Democracy’s Second Age’ made in 1996 and his consequent coming to power in 1997, he has under continuous scrutiny regarding whether he has made the country of Britain more democratic as he promised. There are many definitions of democracy; however, we will stick to those as defined by Western standards.
Tony Bogues and Christine Cummings (1995) Introduction to Politics: Study Guide, Units One and Two.
Trevor Munroe ( 2002) Introduction to Politics, Section 11:5