Comparative Politics

  1. Imperialism?
    • The policy of colonizing other countries
    • (Literally establishing empires)
  2. Globalization?
    Term to talk about economic, social, cultural and technological forces affecting events in countries
  3. Public Policy?
    The decision made by a state that define what it will do
  4. Industrialized Democracy?
    The richest countries with advanced economies and liberal states
  5. Strong State?
    One with the capacity and the political will to make and implement effective public policy
  6. State?
    All individuals and institutions that make public policy whether they are in government or not
  7. Postmaterialism?
    • Theory that young middle class voters are likely to support new issues
    • Feminism
    • Enviromentalism
  8. Nationalization?
    Philosophies or attitudes that stress the importance of extend in the power or support for a nation
  9. Privatization?
    The selling off of state owned companies
  10. Fascism?
    Right wing regimes often drawing on the racist philosophies in countries
  11. Legitimacy?
    A key concept stressing the degree to which people accept the regime
  12. Rule of Law?
    The principle that legal rather than arbitrary and personal decisions determines what happens
  13. Bureaucracy?
    The part of the government of technical experts who remain from administration to administration
  14. Laissez-faire?
    Economic policy that stresses a limited government role
  15. Suffrage?
    • The rights to do things
    • Right to vote (African Americans)
  16. Thomas Hobbes?
    British social theorist of the seventeenth century who emphasized a STRONG STATE
  17. John Locke?
    • Leading democratic and liberal theorist who stressed
    • Life
    • Liberty
    • Pursuit of property
  18. Weak State?
    One without the capacity and the political will to make and implement effective public policy
  19. Totalitarianism?
    Regime in which the state has all but total power
  20. Regime?
    • The institutions and practices that endure from government to government
    • Such as constitution order in democracy
  21. State Characteristics?
    • 1. Territory
    • 2. Sovereignty
    • 3. Population
    • 4. Legitimacy
    • 5. Capacity
    • 6. Autonomy
    • 7. Bureaucracy
  22. Dahl's Criteria?
    • Elected officials
    • Free and fair election
    • Inclusive suffrage
    • Right to run for office
    • Freedom of expression
    • Access to alternative info
    • Associational autonomy
  23. Elected officials
    • Schmiter "One election is always the best for Democracy
    • Mc Garby Should be fair and free
  24. Inclusive Suffrage
    Everyone eligible should be allowed to vote ( South Africa )
  25. Access to alternative info
    China & Cuba restricting GOOGLE
  26. Associational Autonomy
    1961 S. Africa Legislature stopping large groups to assemble
Card Set
Comparative Politics
Test 1