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comp politics lec 6 - Monday September 24, 2007: I. II. III.

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Monday – September 24, 2007: I. Transitions/Consolidation Continued II. Political Institutions III. State-building and Consolidation I. Transitions to democracy and democratic consolidation continued a. What is the transitions paradigm and why is the transitions paradigm problematic? i. Not all transitions happen the same way ii. Not all transitional democracies have the same characteristics iii. Transition to democracy implies that the process is linear, and democracy is an endpoint; in the real world, the process has been different (nonlinear; democracy is a messy process) b. Why is democratic consolidation and why is it difficult to identify? i. Evidence of consolidation requires practices, patterns over time ii. Elements of transitional democracies remain in consolidated ones (e.g. particularism) iii. Democracy is a process; also, contestation and change is fundamental to it II. The importance of state institutions a. Political institutions are designed for specific purposes : to allocate power in accord with prevailing beliefs about how to separate powers accorded to government, and who (which level or branch of government) should do what . Examples of different, basic types of government, is an example of variation in political institutions: i. Unitary government – central government has most authority
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2008 for the course POLISCI 790:103 taught by Professor Craig during the Spring '08 term at Rutgers.

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