Internet Sources Although he completed a philosophical education at Oxford, John Locke declined the offer of a permanent academic position in order to avoid committing himself to a religious order. Having also studied medicine, he served for many years as private physician and secretary to Anthony Ashley Cooper, the first Earl of Shaftesbury and one of the Lord Proprietors of the Carolina Colonies.
Overview[ edit ] At one extreme, crimes such as treasonseditionand terrorism are political because they represent a direct challenge to the government in power. Espionage is usually considered a criminal act. A state may perceive it threatening if individuals advocate change to the established order, or argue the need for reform of long-established policies, or engage in acts signifying some degree of disloyalty, e.
But the scope of such crimes can be rather less direct. Structural functionist criminologists recognise that states invest their resources in maintaining order through social conformity, i.
Any interference with the media of communication or the sets of meanings embedded in the communications themselves may be perceived as a threat to the political authority of the state.
Hence, whether in hard copy or electronically, if individuals distribute material containing uncensored information which undermines the credibility of state-controlled news media, this may be considered threatening.
Moreover, even an offence against non-governmental institutions, persons, or practices may be deemed political. Violence or even discrimination against an ethnic or racial group, as well trade union strikes or picketing against private employers Property rights and political stability, can be perceived as a political crime when those in power see such conduct as undermining the political and economic stability of the state.
This code requires that police behave in a courteous and fair manner, that they treat all citizens in a respectable and decent manner, and that they never use unnecessary force. When they do, it is argued that this constitutes a crime e. Marxist criminologists argue that most political crime arises from the efforts of the state to reproduce the structures of inequality: Thus, states will protect property rights and reduce the rights of trade unions to represent the interests of the poor.
Even war could be grounded in the problems of local capitalists in wealthy countries in the effort to move raw materials, profits and jobs in a globalised political economy, and opposing such a war will be a political crime.
Marxists do not dispute that, for a society to function efficiently, social order is necessary. But they consider that, in all societies, one class, usually characterised as the "ruling class", gains far more than other classes.
Marxists agree with functionalists that socialisation plays a crucial role in promoting conformity and order. However, unlike the latter, they are highly critical of the ideas, values and norms of "capitalist ideology".
Modern Marxists point to education and the media as socialising agencies, which delude or "mystify" the working class into conforming to a social order, which works against its real interests.
Thus, all controls which directly or indirectly explit the criminal law to control access to the discourses are political crimes. Authoritarian governments[ edit ] Miller says that one of the defining characteristics of power in modern history has been the rationalisation and bureaucratisation of law.
Legal codification, or at least debates over the merits of legal codification, became an almost global phenomenon in the nineteenth century as state power was centralised. In particular, the rationalisation of criminal law standardised not just the concept of crime, but was adopted as the means to eliminate the "deviant" as a threat to a modern, uniform, moral standard.
In this, the religious establishment began to play a new role in defining "evil" in which threats to the political or social norm became as dangerous as threats to religious orthodoxy.
Thus, political speech became one of the most likely activities to be criminalised. The freedom of association and to meet may also be criminalised if the purpose is to express oppositional political views.
Because a political offender may be fighting against a tyrannical government, treaties have usually specified that a person cannot be extradited for a political offense. This, when real, merits the highest punishment. But most Codes extend their definitions of treason to acts not really against one's country.
They do not distinguish between acts against the government, and acts against the Oppressions of the Government.
The latter are virtues: Because real Treasons are rare: The unsuccessful Struggles against Tyranny have been the chief Martyrs of Treason laws in all countries. Reformation of government with our neighbors, as much wanting now as Reformation of religion is, or ever was anywhere.
We should not wish then to give up to the Executioner the Patriot who fails, and flees to us. Treasons then, taking the simulated with the real are sufficiently punished by Exile. They consider that their fight is a legitimate one using legitimate means, and thus their crimes should be more appropriately called political crimes and justify special treatment in the penal system as if they were soldiers in a war and therefore covered by the Geneva Convention.
States tend to consider the political nature of the crimes an aggravating factor in the sentencing process and make no distinction between the terrorists and "ordinary" offenders, e. Secularism Where there is no clear separation between the state and the prevailing religion, the edicts of the church may be codified as law and enforced by the secular policing and judicial authorities.
This is a highly functionalist mechanism for enforcing conformity in all aspects of cultural life and the use of the label "crime" adds an extra layer of stigma to those convicted.State: State, political organization of society, or the body politic, or, more narrowly, the institutions of government.
The state is a form of human association distinguished from other social groups by its purpose, the establishment of order and security; its methods, the laws and their enforcement; its. Social Contract Theory. Social contract theory, nearly as old as philosophy itself, is the view that persons' moral and/or political obligations are dependent upon a contract or agreement among them to form the society in which they live.
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Strategic Management > PEST Analysis. PEST Analysis. A PEST analysis is an analysis of the external macro-environment that affects all firms. P.E.S.T. is an acronym for the Political, Economic, Social, and Technological factors of the external macro-environment. John Locke (—) John Locke was among the most famous philosophers and political theorists of the 17 th century.
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