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Poli 11: Introduction to Comparative Politics Joel W. Johnson Winter 2010 UCSD
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Political Science Political science is understanding and explaining the causes and consequences of: political behavior and strategy (kings, politicians, bureaucrats, social movements, voters…) rules and constraints that influence political behavior (electoral rules, policymaking procedures, international treaties…) political outcomes (policies, laws, election results, wars. ..) The political involves social power or influence
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Comparative Politics
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States State = set of “permanent” institutions and structures of authority in a country Has monopoly over the legitimate use of use of force for the territory (Weber 1918) Often includes: army, police, prisons king, president, congress, bureaucracy, courts tax collecting infrastructure State change is rare
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Why states? Contractarian view
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