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

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Chapter 5Defining the state oState: totality of a country’s governmental institutions and officials together with laws that structure their activities oFailed state: state that has little to no ability to control its own territory Characteristics of state purposes oSovereignty: exclusive legal authority of government over population and territories Socially constructed and can be constantly changing oLegitimacy: right to rule oAutonomy: relative independence of state authorities from the population Purpose of a state oJohn Locke Social contract for a state oJean-Jacques Rousseau Collective rights and freedoms of community People not state are sovereign State institutions oInstitutionalism: branch that looks at how state institutions are set up and how they shape political decision making oExecutive branch individuals who decide government policy head of state is usually ceremonial with little power

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Term
Spring
Professor
Norris
Tags
Government, Comparative Politics, Coup d Etat, Political Philosophy, Sovereign state, decision making powers

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