comparative politics problem set 1

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Brian O’Connell ID: 2451575 Problem Set I 1. The independent variable is level of democracy. The dependent variable is economic prosperity. 2. In my opinion, the best way to measure the level of democracy is to look at Robert Dahl’s two dimensions of democracy, contestation and inclusiveness. Contestation consists of high competition for office and the ability to remove leaders from office. These two factors help to ensure accountability in public office, keeping elected officials true to the values for which they were elected by their constituents for. Inclusiveness is the degree to which citizens are equally included in the electoral system. Inclusiveness also consists of civil rights for each and every citizen that hold elected officials accountable, such as freedom of speech and assembly. 3. GDP is not necessarily a good way to measure prosperity. GDP is not a good measure of the standard of living for individuals in a nation. This is due to the fact that GDP does not account for distribution of wealth, education and health standards, or environmental
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