6.2 Different Approaches to Politics
Politicians take different approaches to politics, depending on ideology, attitude towards change, and the role of government.
defining the terms: individualism, collectivism, conservatism, and progressivism
the desire for liberty, property rights, and small government
prioritising communal needs over individual interests
stewardship and resistance to change; small government
intervention to improve people’s lives; radicalism; revolution
parties need to differentiate themselves, but not stray too far from the centre
These different approaches to politics drive the behaviour of politicians. The next segment describes the power structures through which they operate.