Blog #1 Contd. Chapter 1
For me parts of this chapter I had already been taught before and had some background knowledge on so I didn’t feel like I needed to study extensively on those topics. Things like the different types of governments and political systems from authoritarianism to oligarchies I already felt pretty comfortable with, so I only wrote down the definitions for me to reference back to in case I needed. Other things like the collective dilemmas was new information for me so I focused on that more when writing my notes. I wrote down not only the definitions, but also examples that would help explain the sometimes vague definitions. This helped me learn the material as I was able to think about these dilemmas with relevant examples and apply it to everyday life.
For example, the stimulus checks many Americans have received because of the Covid-19 pandemic was a public good that most people needed. However there were some like my brother, who received this check even though they didn’t necessarily need it as much in comparison to a single mother or a health care worker, etc. My brother was somewhat free riding off these checks because he was getting more money via these checks than what he would make at his minimum wage job so he had no incentive to go back to work. Another example of a collective action problem is the coordination problem which is extremely relevant to current times. Right now the new Biden administration and Democrats are trying to pass new Covid-19 relief legislation. However they are having trouble doing so because they have to reach across the aisle and work with Republicans who have different goals. Not every politician has the same values and beliefs, so they want to prioritize different things in this legislation which makes it difficult to pass. Thus it creates many different ways and courses of action this new legislation will take.