Political Science 111 Note

Political Science 111 Note - Political Science 111...

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Political Science 111 Comparative Politics What is Politics? “Who gets what, when and where.” – Herold Laswell Typs of Politics: Scarcity- resources, policy, etc. Dirstribution- (system of.) Authority- who decides. Who is who? - The process of assigning value and status to groups and individuals. Building blocks of the modern world: (see diagram) State Nation Market Building Blocks of the Modern World- The State: Definition of an ideal state: “a human community that (successfully) claims the monopoly of legitimate use of physical force in a given territory.” – Max Weber. KEY FEATURES: Territory/ borders Organization/ bureaucracy Authority/ weapons *States (i.e. Massachusetts) are semi-sovereign. Modern State – 17 th Century – replaced feudalism as dominant form of political organization. Feudalism- Network of reciprocal, economic, military and legal obligations. (Lords and Vassals.) Features: 1. No fixed borders. 2. Organized through personal networks. 3. Multiple decentralized authorities.
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Why State, why not? The family? Theocratic federation. Why not these? Extensive tribal networks. Persistence of feudalism. Need to explain: Consolidation of territories. Standardization of functions. Monopolization of violence.
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