3_State - The State PS106, Introduction to Comparative...

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1 The State PS106, Introduction to Comparative Politics January 30, 2008 1. Brief Definition of "The State" 2. Historical Development of States Number of political units/states over time Pre-modern, Early Modern, Modern States Extended Definition of the Modern State State vs. Regime vs. Government Measuring State Strength Sovereignty, Legitimacy, Capacity, Autonomy
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2 The State: What is it? Colloquial US usage: Local as compared to federal level government Elsewhere in the world: Central political authority; synonymous with "country" Political science usage: The totality of a country’s government institutions and organizations that generate and carry out policy Max Weber The organization that has a monopoly on the legitimate use of force over a territory
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3 Common Features of Modern States Defined borders and territory Authority flows from center to regions Standing army, police, bureaucracy, etc. Common currency, flag, anthem Common legal system Social welfare system (schools, hospitals) Mass concept of citizenship (mass nation)
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4 The Number of Political Units/States in the World, over Time Early modern states in Europe 100s 1500-1800 Latin American states emerge +10 to 20 Early 1800s Sub-Saharan Africa in 1950s-60s, and former Communist block in the 1990s 192, +/- 2 1945-2002 New states in Central Europe, Balkans; also in North Africa and Middle east. 68
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