Chapter 5 - Chapter 5 Defining the state o State: totality...

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Chapter 5 Defining the state o State: totality of a country’s governmental institutions and officials together with laws that structure their activities o Failed state: state that has little to no ability to control its own territory Characteristics of state purposes o Sovereignty: exclusive legal authority of government over population and territories Socially constructed and can be constantly changing o Legitimacy: right to rule o Autonomy: relative independence of state authorities from the population Purpose of a state o John Locke Social contract for a state o Jean-Jacques Rousseau Collective rights and freedoms of community People not state are sovereign State institutions o Institutionalism: branch that looks at how state institutions are set up and how they shape political decision making o Executive branch individuals who decide government policy head of state is usually ceremonial with little power constitutional monarchy (limited monarchy): regime where
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This note was uploaded on 02/28/2011 for the course POLISCI 001 taught by Professor Norris during the Spring '11 term at GWU.

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