Forms of participation
Social Capital and
What difference do they make?
Social capital and civil society:
Social capital refers to features of social
organization such as networks, norms, and
social trust that facilitate coordina
How we compare
Factors which facilitate successful
Other end points?
How can we study it?
How we compare
Most similar cases:
Two or more similar countries at the same
Can it be done?
How can we systematically assess
whether a country is a liberal democracy
1. Clarify what you mean: decide what
kinds of criteria you should assess
2. Consider whether you can develop
Citizen attitudes and orientations
and their impact
Attitudes and orientations toward politics:
how a group of people (e.g a social class, an
ethnic group, a region, or a nation) think
Transitions to Democracy
How and why they occur
Transitional vs. consolidated
Transitional democracies - newly launched
or re-democratized liberal democracies
no significant challenges to regime
the only game in t
Who participates and what difference
does it make?
Forms of participation:
Voluntary participation: self-motivated
individuals decide to participate
Regimented participation: the government (or
ruling party) forces people to par
Where does it come from?
What difference does it make?
Sources of political culture:
What shapes political culture?
How it changes
Political culture is one of several factors
which influence how institutions operate,
how political processes play out:
Political culture is a source both of
problems and resources to solve them
Mass political cul
POLITICAL SCIENCE 2300
INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE
Dr. Steven Wolinetz
What is comparative politics?
Systematic study of the differences and
similarities among political systems
Why some political systems are similar to
Calm Before the Storm?
The 2007 Provincial Election and Beyond
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 7-9pm, Room EN-2006
(Engineering lecture theatre All Welcome)
An engaging evening of pundits sharing their views on the 2007
election campaign, the future of the provinces
Post-materialism, new social
movements, political change
Midterm exam: Friday, Oct. 19th
Part I: Identify and give the significance
of five (5) of the following:
Value: 20%, 4 points each
What difference do parties and
party systems make?
Refers to the ways in which political
parties in a given political system interact
with each other
Assumption of systemness:
Regular and recurring interactions