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Unformatted text preview: Today in Comparative Politics • Announcements • What Is Politics? • Exit, voice, and loyalty as a model of some important political phenomena • A game-theoretic formulation Announcements • First homework to be distributed later this week. • Will be posted on Sakai with an email alert • Due in next recitation section, September 23-25 • First geography quiz next Monday • Covers Western Europe • Clicker points start counting today • 3 points for answering at all • 1 additional point for correct answer Need to find your lost clicker ID? • See me after class with your clicker, pencil, and paper. What Is Politics? • Politics is the subset of human behavior that involves the use of power or influence. • Power is involved when people can’t accomplish their goals without: • Trying to influence the behavior of others. • Trying to escape the influence of others. What Is Politics? • Albert Hirschman, Exit, Voice, and Loyalty: Responses to Decline in Firms, Organizations, and States , 1970 • What do you do when some aspect of your environment changes for the worse? Responses to fall in quality • Employees, customers, citizens, members have two possible responses to a decrease in quality or benefit to the member: • Exit : withdraw from the relationship • Voice : attempt to repair or improve the relationship through communication of the complaint, grievance or proposal for change • Increasing political repression? • Emigrate? Protest? • Employees can quit unpleasant jobs or express their concerns in an effort to improve matters. • Disgruntled customers ask for the manager or shop elsewhere. • Do nothing—remain loyal —is a third option. My late newspaper delivery Options 1. Complain to circulation manager. 2. Cancel subscription. 3. Grin and bear it. Exit, voice, or loyalty in Burma (Myanmar) • Aung San Suu Kyi • Prime Minister-elect after 1990 landslide victory • Under house arrest or severe political constraints ever since • Nobel Peace Prize, 1991 • What should her supporters do? • What should she do? When Is Behavior “Political”? • Voice requires influence. • To change your environment, you typically need to change the behavior of others....
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This note was uploaded on 11/10/2011 for the course POLI SCI 790:103 taught by Professor Blair during the Fall '09 term at Rutgers.

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