Lecture 1 - The State

Lecture 1 - The State - 9/7/07 The State What is...

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9/7/07 The State - What is comparative politics - What do comparativists do? - The state, sovereignty, territorial integrity - Definition of the state - “Requisite Functions” of the state - Normative views of the state - Politics within countries, i.e. the domestic politics of countries other than the U.S. o Institutions o Public Policy – interaction between govts and public o Elite Behavior – how do political leaders behave and act o Mass behavior – how do masses behave and act o Attitudes – what do political leaders believe and think about various policies Key concepts: the state, institutions, power, the market, ideology, political parties, interest groups. Conceptual basis of CP: - The scientific method - Comparison – by comparing, look at 2 or more countries and try to understand them The State - The State : o Legal : A territorially bound sovereign entity o Strucural and Functional: “...whose government has the supreme power to make laws within its boundaries and has the supreme legal right to use
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