½ due March 12, 2008
I. Introduction to comparative politics
and methods to comparison and classification
1. Organization of China’s Government
– Communist state, two
Chinese Communist Party and Peoples Republic of China
2. Normative and empirical questions of China’s Government
concepts a theory is based on: Normative
what should have happened, using
personal judgment, while Empirical questioning is
what happened and why, using facts and
a. Example, Normative Questioning:
What should have outcome been to the
fall of the Chinese Empire?
Example, Empirical Questioning:
What happened to the Chinese Empire,
why did the downfall occur?
a. Five Autonomous Regions: , Nei Mongol, Ningxia, Xinjiang
Uygur, Xizang (Tibet)
b. Twenty-three Provinces: Anhui, Fujian, Gansu, Guangdong,
Guizhou, Hainan, Hebei, Heilongjiang, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Jilin,
Liaoning, Qinghai, Shaanxi, Shandong, Shanxi, Sichuan, Yunnan, Zhejiang, Taiwan
c. Four Municipalities: Beijing Chongqing, Shanghai, Tianjin
– Communism, Nationalism:
– Authoritarian: Decisions made by political elites, without
much input from citizens
– Chinese Communist Party and Peoples Republic of
Process and Policy
1. What is politics?
2. Purpose of government?
3. What are political science and comparative politics?
4. Common policy challenges?