Week 12 - The Politics of Social Movements, Resistance and Obedience
The nature and role of pressure groups
Defining extra-parliamentary politics and evaluating the substance of new forms of
Exploring strategies of, and measuring the success
-A nation state is an institution that has a monopoly on legitimate use of violence throughout a
defined geographic territory
-The main function of the state is to monopolize violence in the form of police and military
Comparative Political Economy
-The great economic problem: how to arrange our resources to satisfy as many wants as possible.
Keep in mind that all resources are not equally valuable.
-Which economic systems best address these problems?
Economic Issues in
Comparative Politics of the Global North
(Week IDK but were talking about democracy)
-Democracy is a political system that is characterized by the governments continuing
responsiveness to preferences of its citizens which are seen as political equals.
-A constitution is a political self binding contract, there are the means by which the people
constitute themselves. They typically are seen as the highest form of law.
-Constitutions bind the government as well as the majority of the popula
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Elections, Parties, and Ideologies
Electoral system families
Mixed electoral systems
Declining levels of electoral turnout
Political parties: functions and organizational structure
Decline of parties?
Week 9 - Policy Implementation & Bureaucratic Power
Overview of public administration and the bureaucracy
Ensuring accountability in the public sector
Restructuring of the public sector through the introduction of the New Public
Week 10 - Welfare States and Comparative Political Economy
Comparative Political Economy
Ideology and political economy
Typology of welfare regimes and retrenchment
The rise of Flexicurity policies
Ideology and Political Economy
Two main ideological divis
Week 11 - Regionalism, Globalism and the Reorganization of the State
The rise of minority nationalism and the push towards devolution
The challenge of European integration and the push towards supranationalism
Week 13 - Shaping Ideas: Culture and Communication
Culture and Communication
Three aspects of studying culture and politics
The changing role of media in democratic systems
The coverage of pressure grou
Comparative Politics 2017-03-10
-Political science has less information when it comes to authoritarian regimes simply due to the
secretive nature of dictatorships.
-All democracies are generally very similar while autocracy is a