How does the textbook define politics?
The making of authoritative public choices from private preferences.
How do subfields of comparative politics and international relations differ?
International relations is the study of politics betwee
The country that I chose to study as I explored the relationship between type of
government and distribution of power is South Africa. South Africa has a unique style of
government, and a lot of changes have taken place in it since
My argument for this blog is that there is a distinct LDS political identity here in the
United States. I feel that its presence comes primarily from the aspects of primordialist
arguments. In this blog, I will explore the factors behind this a
The country that I chose to examine for possible explanations of state strength is
Uganda. Uganda is a country that I have always been interested in, and a country that I have
many friends in. They tell me stories of their struggles
Chapter 4 questions
1. What is the key difference between democratic and non-democratic regimes?
The relationship between state and society and the institutions of the regime itselfp. 93
(flow of accountablility; non-democratic regimes are accountable onl
Chapter 3 questions:
Why does democracy require both participation and contestation? lead the government to be
accountable so that its citizens can remove rulers from office
What institutional rules are necessary to guarantee participation
PlSc 150 - Study questions
Normally, I compose my own study questions, then base our quizzes and exams partly on those
questions. However, our (new) textbook for this course has a surprisingly good set of study
questions at the end of each chapter, in the
Chapter 2 questions:
1. What is Hobbess problem, and why did he propose the state as the solution?
a. problem: the clash between the individual and the collective good
b. solution: the state (social contract)
2. What are the differences between the state,
Waves of democratization: 1825-1925; 1945-1960, 1974-present
Readings, pp. 137-46
See comments for the previous set of readings from this chapter.
Little: Interpretive Theory
This reading on cultural theory (or interpretive theory, as the reading also cal
Chapter 6 questions:
1. What differentiates Marxs from Webers view of identity?
Marx states that identity is based entirely on economics; Weber believes that identity is based
on several factors-noneconomic.
4. How does primordialism explain political con
The two countries that I chose to compare in terms of their strength of democracy
affecting economic development were the southern African countries of Botswana and
Zimbabwe. As I served as a missionary in South Africa and Botswana,