8.27.07 Intro to Comparative Politics

8.27.07 Intro to Comparative Politics - Erin Larwick David...

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Erin Larwick David Brown PSCI-2012 Intro to Comparative Politics 8.27.07 URL for syllabus http://socsci.colorado.edu/~dsbrown/ Office Hours Tues 10-12 Weds 1-3 or by appointment Course Requirements Sections mandatory Unexcused absence=1% off final grade Exams mid-term 1 terms used with UK (40 can be found online) identify 8 terms in 2-3 lines short essay on significance bring blue book mid-term 2 essay questions final combo of terms and essays from last half of class Tues. December 18 @ 7:30-10:30 What is Comparative Politics? an approach to study politics that analyzes similarities/differences among countries by focusing on selected institutions and processes Themes in Comparative Politics Democracy Political institutions Political culture/behavior Role of Government Globalization Country Cases Britain Parliamentary Government Thatcherism (Neoliberalism) Political Institutions Pakistan Nation Building Religion and Politics Military and Government Kashmur Russia the "isms" (Nationalism, Communism, Marxism, Socialism) Culture Chechnya Democracy Brazil Corruption/Cliantelism Dependancy Globalization
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Economic Reform Democracy 8.29.07 Democracy in the World Today 121/192 countries in the world are "democracies" democracies tend to be rich 2 general kinds: presidential and parliamentary Worlds Worst Regimes in 2005 Belarus, Burma, China, Cuba ---> 6/18 most repressive governments are members of CHR representing 11% of 53 countries What is Democracy Government by the people, especially rule of the majority 4 Aspects of Democracy Popular Sovereignty self-governed umberellas are attempted to help govern overall but free will makes it difficult UN, ICJ, G-8, etc. Participation and accountability Representative democracy (ex: senators) Direct democracy (ex: voting on taxes) Rights and Liberties Bill of Rights Democratic Culture Majoritania (green eyes vs brown ex) Minority misses out Missing democratic culture Importance of norms Fairness, tolerance, compromise, trustworthy, and commitment to peaceful resolutions Economic Democracy Distribution of resources Economic decision making Aristrotle- can't have democracy with a large disparity between upper
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