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Comparative Politics Notes: Chapter 1 What is Comparative Politics? A state is an organization that possesses sovereignty over a territory and its people. Different states value different concepts of freedom, etc. so no two states are ruled the same way. It isn’t possible to design an ideal country, but it is possible for us to trace why countries became the way they are. o Done by comparing the range of possible political responses to global opportunities and constraints Understanding and explaining the differences in politics of different countries is the core of Comparative Politics . Plato and Aristotle started Comparative Politics with ideas such as aristocracy (rule of the best), oligarchy (rule of the few), democracy (rule of the people), and tyranny (rule of the tyrant). Comparativists spend a lot of their time analyzing the social, economic, ideological, institutional, and international conditions under which democracies thrive, fail, fall into dictatorship, or even reemerge. Thucydides attempted to understand the origins of ancient Greek wars, combining international relations and comparative politics. There used to be two groups of comparativists: domestic & foreign political studiers, but now people recognize how connected the two groups are. Regime Types o What are the main characteristics of the different political orders?
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This note was uploaded on 09/21/2010 for the course POLI POLI 211 taught by Professor Sabetti during the Fall '09 term at McGill.

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Ch 1 Notes - 1 W right Comparative Politics Notes: Chapter...

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