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PLS200STUDYQUESTIONS_1_3 - PLS 200 STUDY QUESTIONS FALL...

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PLS 200 STUDY QUESTIONS – FALL 2003 – Lectures 1-3 1. Provide a general definition of politics that captures the general focus of PLS 200. 2. Identify three assumptions implicit in the cause and effect assumption. 3. What is Ockham’s Razor? How is it tied to Simon’s idea of complexity? What implications does it have for the types of theories utilized in political science? 4. Provide a short description of the Tragedy of the Commons. What is the nature of the “tragedy” or “dilemma”? How is the Tragedy of the Commons related to non-zero sum- ness? 5. Provide a short characterization of the major features of the behavioral approach to political science. 6. Identify the four desiderata for a science of politics. 7. Identify two major ideas stemming from the Enlightenment. What implications for how to study politics follow from these ideas? 8. Identify one or two characteristics of modernism. Comment on how the behavioral approach to political science fits into the modernist camp. 9.
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