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Comparative Government and Politics
Charles Taylor
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This 2 page Study Guide was uploaded by Lian Joseph on Sunday May 8, 2016. The Study Guide belongs to PSCI 1024 at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University taught by Charles Taylor in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 14 views. For similar materials see Comparative Government and Politics in Political Science at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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Date Created: 05/08/16
2/2/16 Legitimacy  Is the state doing the right thing?  Acceptance of the rightness of arrangements  Belief that one’s government conforms to recognized principles and standards o Ex: Putin is legitimate; higher approval rating than any democratic leader Democracy  One one among many sources of legitimacy  o Monarchies, theocracies, ideological dictatorships, even military regimes Authority  The right to make decisions o People in charge who you have accepted to put in charge o Depends upon the belief that the people in charge are capable and will make the  best decisions o Governments must have legitimacy to survive; Regimes can lose their legitimacy Political Culture  Broadly shared ways of thinking o Cognitive orientations  What exactly do we know about the political systems? o Affective orientations  What do you feel when  Political Socialization  How we get our ideas and feelings  o Ex: school, family, society Popular Sovereignty  Direct participation o Small areas can do this more frequently than larger ones (ex: voting)  Accountable elites o Electing presidents; chosen by the people through the democratic process Equality  Equal opportunity o Equity;   Problem of resources   Results o Are we talking about what we’re getting done/procedures/opportunities? Consultation  Civil society o Possibility to openly express your concerns  o Talking to one another regarding political and social ways o Rise to open government;   Open government o More fully the civil society is the more influence there is Majority Rule  Winner take all  Consensual decisions  Minority Rights  All should benefit o How do we treat minorities in a way that is fair? o How much would it cost the minority not to do some things? To Make all this work:  Civic culture o That part of society that is engaged  Social Capital  o Network of activities that ordinary people are engaged in  Sense of trust of our surroundings   o Reservoir of trust and expectations of positive outcomes


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