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24/09/2008 09:17:00 Comparative Politics PSC 1 9/4/08 What is comparitive politics? Study of domestic politics in foreign countries Politics is the struggle for authority to make decisions that will affect the public as  a whole. Who- refers to the people that are in struggle for power What- refers to what people are struggling over e.g. power, resources, education, healthcare How (the game is played)- elections, lobbying, protests, revolution Why? – hypothesis testing, why does x y Y- dependent X- independent, triggers for change Management of variables: 1. Continuous 2. Ordinal 3. Categorical 1.  Age, income 2.  Relationship between X and Y 3.  Differences in groups, and they can be ranked. e.g. Eastern European v. Western European Evaluating research: Explicit theory
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Reliable evidence What are the sources? How was evidence collected? Potential biases?   Chinese data Importance of the issue Theoretical importance Substantive/practical importance Case selection How many?/ appropriate? Ex:  What problems are in Iraq? Compared to who? Ex:  Will China become democratic because its economic  growth Generalizability Compare to other countries Compare to other time periods Inherent problems: Multiple causation # of cases is small, but # of variables is very large What to do with outliers? Change theory? Modernization leads to democracy  not true with oil exporting countries Indian democracy, but historically poor
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Future probability The gamble politicians make Types of explanation: Cultural Difference between countries is because of difference between  politics Rational actor model People motivated by others Structural Part of it comes from economic structure Has to do with politics Blue collar v. white collar Difference between races and ethnic groups Institutional Political parties, organizations, and elections Clear and agreed upon rules Why study comp. politics? Current affairs Policy promotion What’s relevant and good for my country Diversity of politics around the world Helps us understand ourselves
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3 eras of comp. politics: WW II- traditional era- describing political systems and comparing them WWII-1970s-   behavioralism- focus on individual political behavior 1970s-present- Post behavioralism- more qualitative, looks at history and culture,  not just developed places 9/9/08 The State Nation- Group of people who share common identity on basis of distinguishing 
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