Pol 1500 (Sept 4) - Chapter 1. Issues (pp 1-10) I. What is...

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Chapter 1. Issues (pp 1-10) I. What is Comparative Politics? II. Features of Comparative Politics. What is Comparative Politics? a. Politics deals with human decisions, thereby relegating comparative politics to the study of the public and authoritative. b. Politics deals with social aspects of human behavior. Thus comparative politics is a study of political decision which is made within social communities called political systems. c. Comparative politics also deals with decisions made within the private sphere of life (E.g. family, home; peers, school etc) d. Comparative politics deals with political decisions that are made by authority. Authority means where power is vested within certain groups of individuals with the expectation that their decision will be carried out and respected. e. Political systems may be open or closed and may be subject to change. Features of Comparative Politics: A. Governments: Governments are organizations of individuals who are legally empowered to take
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Pol 1500 (Sept 4) - Chapter 1. Issues (pp 1-10) I. What is...

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