Professor Sanchez Urribarri
Culture as an Explanation or as a Factor
All too often in todays world, people attribute political perspectives that they
do not understand to cultural differences. This oversimplification
What is interest aggregation? Interests translated into policy programs.
Interest aggregation = political preference + institutions + political skills of
different actors + resources + public support
Political effectiveness and sta
The process of making and contesting authoritative public decisions about the
distribution of rights, responsibilities, wealth, and power. Political choices determine
how order is imposed in societies, which political institutions will be created
Chapter 3 Democratic Political Regimes
A set of key laws and principles that structure the extent and distribution of
government authority and individual rights, by setting up the rules of the political
The constitution grants
The Rational Choice Approach
The main characteristics of the Rational Choice approach include:
o Actors (politicians) acting deliberately to maximize their advantage .
o The authors are not so much interested in comparing political systems,
but rather in
Interest articulation means expressing needs and demands to the government
(individually and collectively). It includes:
o Citizen action
o Interest groups
Most political systems rely on a variety of forms of interest articulation,
Politics in France
Head of State: President Nicolas Sarkozy, Head of Government Francois Fillon.
It is overwhelmingly Catholic with a strong Muslim minority.
Mixed-presidentialism the regime is legitimate for all political actors involved.
Can be imposed (by a foreign power or dictator) or bargained (by the countrys
A constituent process can be radical or moderate.
Constitutional engineering means picking the right institutions.
There are flexi
Politics in Russia
Introduction- The empire rising again?
Russia is a key player in the global political arena- a G-8 member.
o At one point, it was the most powerful military in the world.
However, it is not as powerful as it once was. There is an idea
Constitutionalism the powers of the government are defined in a constitution
and subsequent legislation.
Key interpreter the Judicial System
o Courts vary in their formal and informal capacity to check the government
(jurisdiction) and in
Levels of Political Culture
System level: How people view the values and organizations that comprise the
political system. How people see the state.
Process functions: Expectations of how politics should function, and the peoples
role in the political s
We need concepts, for they allow us to make meaningful comparisons.
We must be wary of operationalizations.
Concepts, like economic development, democracy, nationalism, or political
transition can change dramatically over the years
What is comparative politics?
Politics is essentially about human beings and how they relate. Politics are
everywhere- in how we interact with one another and how we govern ourselves.
The Study of Politics Political process and impact on citize
A system has two properties:
o A set of interdependent part.
o Boundaries between its environments.
o Agencies that are involved in the making of authoritative, public decisions
The comparative method means comparing political systems in order to best understand
Professor Sanchez Urribarri
How Political Socialization Affects a Persons Trust in Leadership
As a person moves through life, he brings with him a unique outlook on a variety
of ethical, social and political issues. W
Raul Sanchez Urribarri
What The Joke Shows About Russian Culture
Throughout the ages, Russia has been notorious for its strongly authoritarian past .
While this is widely accepted as true, Milan Kunderas d