POLI 211 - Pre mid term notes

POLI 211 - Pre mid term notes - September 10, 2007...

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September 10, 2007 September-10-07 1:04 PM 1. Lecture One - what is comparative politics? - see sheet 2. Emphasizing concepts and methods 3. French aristocrat - who came to study democracy in america; his english was not that good, but his work became a classic 4. Work still used as a way to understand the whole issue democratic society as well as us society 5. Alexis De Toqueville (?) 6. Pioneer in political writings. . Maybe 7. He and his companion came to the us to understand democratization 8. In order to study it in france, study it in a place where seem to be the most advanced 9. AND THAT is the value of comparative politics 10. 1950's - american poli tical sociologist - wanted to understand why the US has had no socialist party 11. Studied that question in Canada (Saskatchewan) 12. Why in one part of north america it is possible to have socialism and in another not 13. Saskatchewan was the place to go haha 14. In order to understand why there WASn't socialism in us, he studied it in canada 15. THUS the value of comparative politics 16. Astrovorsky/Savorsky (?) wrote issues in french or something. . (check WebCT) 17. Studied democratic parties. 18. What kind of political party is more open to some type of liberal democracy in __ russia 19. He came to study political parties in britain, as well as north america 20. Wrote 2 books in french on party organization and something 21. Lecture Two - see sheet 22. Developmental perspective 23. SEE SHEET 24. Global context - the world is divided into many nation states; often different states are in tension with one another 25. When we speak of states we tend to combine 2 aspects of it: 1 - idea of independance of each state (sovereignty of states vis a vis others); presumption that each state is equal in terms of sovereignty 2. Oftern refer to the eternal dimensions; such things as an international community of states that recognize the power of gov't to make laws within certain territories 26. States are populated by people 27. Often we call them nations 28. The termination is a subjective catergory 29. The idea is that presumption that national identity should co-incide with state boundaries - one nation one state 30. We find that that is not the case 31. The relationship between state and nation is highly imperfect 32. Some states contain many different people; very few states are composed of a single national group 33. The growth of national states did not co-incide with nation building 34. The growth of a nation is seperate from the growth of a nation-state
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35. Canada was recognized as being established on the basis of 2 people (french and english); now we also include the aboriginals 36. France: you think of france as all french, france itself is made up of many different groups who often did not speak the same language 37. What we regard as a model state (such as france) it was seldom a single group (historically) 38. There is a classic work on how people became frenchmen (1970's); today you would say
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