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Comparative Politics 9.11.06

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Comparative Politics – Unit Two Monday, September 11, 2006 Recap: that all states function to maintain their legitimacy is an axiomatic statement of general law in the study of comparative politics legitimacy is present in some form and to some extent in all types of regimes the study of comparative politics has a long traditions extending back to the era of Aristotle one of Aristotle’s observations is still used in comparative politics – the extent that affluence and equality make democracies stable this proposition can be tested in the contemporary world our tools of investigation such as the Freedom House rankings are limited to the extent that they may contain ethnocentric biases nevertheless, we use the Freedom House rankings openly acknowledging their limitations. Democratization, is a process in which regimes undergo a transformation from authoritarian to democratic ones * It involves the remaking of institutional arrangements and the legitimacy of regimes from those founded on: - exclusive concentrations of state power and authority on institutions such as the military or a single political party , which have little of no direct accountability to citizens, and which have no effective means
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