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Lecture 6September 27

Lecture 6September 27 - Today in Comparative Politics...

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Today in Comparative Politics Predatory theory of the state, cont. Defining and measuring democracy In-class exam next Monday: Coverage: Chapters 1-5 Format: mixture of short-answer questions, problems, and brief essays Closed book and notes
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Predatory View of the State Contractarian view of the state: conflicts of interests between individuals Predatory view: conflicts of interest between citizens and the state Regimes face own security dilemma: potential rivals always vying to take their place Concern for security leads states to use their power to extract resources from others That is, to act as predators
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Trading one problem for another If we surrender control over violence to the state, what stops the state from using this power against us? Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? “Who guards the guardian?” (Juvenal) Take a strategic approach to this problem
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