Classifying Democracies and Dictatorships
Measure/Indicator: A quantification of the concept or thing in which we are interested.
Only good to the extent that our selected indicators mirror the concept that we intend
Introduction to Comparative Politics
What is Comparative Politics?
Without comparisons to make, the mind does not
know how to proceed - Alexis de Tocqueville
What do they know of England who only England
know? - Rudyard Kipling
What is C
Who is this politician?
The scientific study of politics within countries.
What is Science?
A method of gathering information about
What is a Democracy?
What is a Dictatorship?
What defines a country as a democracy?
Elections and voting
Peaceful transitions of power between those who win/lose elections
Procedural view of democracy
Minimalist view of democracy
Comparative Politics Section A03
Support New Regime 1, 4
The Nash equilibrium is (Fight Back; No Amnesty)
The expected outcomes is thus Civil War
Each player receives a payoff of
Comparative Politics Section A03
SPE= (Disinvest, Disinvest; Reject limits)
There would be a poor dictatorship
We would get a bad economic performance
SPE= (Pay taxes, pay taxes; Reject limits)
We get good econ
Formal Assignment #6
In this paper, I will convey that Elizabeth Andersons moral evaluation of child labor
would overall be that it is immoral, based on her framework for evaluating markets in Chapter
Seven, The Ethical Limitations of the Mark
Formal Assignment #5
Due November 14, 2011
For this paper, I chose to discuss cases one and two; that of the fourteen-year-old
streetwalker who prostitutes herself to support her boyfriends heroin addiction and relies on a
pimp to protect her, a
Account of conspicuous consumption !
We consume to signal something!
Ownership in a primitive society!
Ownership over something!
Ownership over women!
Women have a capacity to serve as trophies, source of reproduction!
Early primitive socie
Unicameral Legislature-Legislative deliberations occur in 1 assembly.
Bicameral Legislature-Legislative deliberations occur in 2 distinct assemblies.
Presidential Democracy-The government doesnt depend on a legislative majority to
Different Systems of Constitutional Justice
Abstract Constitutional Review involves the constitutional review of legislation in the
absence of a concrete legal case.
Concrete Constitutional Review involves the constitutional review of legislation respec
Argentina, Canada, Germany, & the US are undisputed federal states.
Some political scientists consider China, India, Italy, Russia, Spain, the UK, & Venezuela
federal, but some dont.
De jure [in structure] federalism=federalism
De facto [in
Constitutionalism refers to the commitment of governments to accept the legitimacy of,
& be governed by, a set of authoritative rules & principles thatre laid out in a
Systems of Constitutional Justice comprise the set of
Decentralization: Federalism in Practice
Decentralization refers to the extent which actual policy-making power lies w/ the
central or regional governments in a country.
Most political scientists see decentralization as a revenue issue: the greater the
When will rational individuals cooperate in order to achieve a common good?
When will we see groups form to pursue a common interest?
When will rational individuals cooperate to produce public goods?
These questions are of critical i