• Large amounts of government work happens in the bureaucracy • State seeks to monopolize the use of force, if it doesn’t there will be civil war, etc • State should be the only entity within the borders of a country that is legitimately allowed to use force and implement the law • Sovereignty, legitimacy, and autonomy are hallmarks of the state • Sovereignty is the exclusive legal authority of a government over its population and territory, independent of external interference • Russia’s defense of the humanitarian of the humanitarian crisis in Chechnya and Sudan’s in Darfur was that they were sovereign civil conflicts • Compromised sovereignty is when there has been external interference in a civil conflict, whether invited or not (UN in Yugoslavia or US in Iraq) • Autonomy is the relative independence of state authorities to the population, how accountable the government is to its people, gap between officials and populace • High degree of state autonomy is an authoritarian system, while a low is democratic
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course POL 155 taught by Professor Richardson during the Spring '08 term at Northeastern.