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Unformatted text preview: Comparative Government M. Mitchell 9:40-10:30 Friday, August 25, 2006 Study of comparative politics: Systematic analysis of patterns of authority and relationship with society Basic Definitions - (greater than government) Regime: the term used to denote, simply, a way of organizing institutions of authority, or rules by which authority is exercised by those institutions A regime is classified into various types, such as democratic, authoritarian, or dictatorial, or totalitarian, monarchical, or other, such as aristocratic or oligarchical Democratic: Opportunities for participating in those institutions are broad And in those who exercise authority subject themselves periodically to accountability of citizens (through elections) Also, attempt to guarantee basic citizenship rights such as due process, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly , and to make demands on authority independent of interference or intimidation **democratic regimes dont always achieve absolute levels of participation, accountability, or guarantees of citizenship rights Authoritarian: Institutions of democracy in which...
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