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Lecture 1 and 2 POLI 316 001
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Date Created: 09/08/15
Comparative Politics August 25 P PS ONT The s study of politics key comparative politics concepts methodology quantitative approach qualitative approach tudy of politics is the study of power how do you acquire it and how to use it Harold Laswell who gets what and how hard power the State authority power between every demographic power is ubiquitous Key Concepts 1 0799 State largest most complex form of government the bureaucracy administration nature of the statequot Nation many differences a group of people united by a shared history language religion race ethnicity or geography social strata the way society is divided race gender income etc economies socialism vs capitalism traditional vs modern society 0 Traditional communal agrarian hierarchical static castes religious Modern individualistic industry egalitarian mobile secular 0 Methodology 1 Quantitative scientific statistics 0 econometrics 0 political economy 0 voting behavior 0 IR 2 Qualitative literary or artistic o interpretive 0 understanding 0 normsvalue 3 Criticisms 1 Critiques of Quantitative too reductionist everything reduced to fact of value functionary too narrow 2 Qualitative overly subjective sometimes makes comparison difficult historicism Comparative Politics 316 August 27th Methods and Paradigms 1 Traditional paradigm oldest classic writers 1 interrelate facts and value does not make distinctions between them normative what should it be like 2 qualitative methods no statistic 3 focus is on individual countries monograph country cases 4 Ethnocentric study your own country whose history should you study 5 descriptive and static detail thick description doesn t explain social change doesn t test theories 6 historical and ahistorical 2 Behavioral paradigm 1 Behavioral revolution 20 century changes USA 1940s political scientists wanted a more theoretical and scientific approach need more universal methods that can be generally applied and make comparative conclusions more standardized approach effected psychology and sociology hypothesis testing 2 The behavioral approach social sciences separate fact and value quantitative method no historical studies comparative ethnocentric often w US bias analytical no longer descriptive but still static modernization theory P PS ONT 6 ahistorical present 3 Behavioral is the dominant paradigm 3 Radical paradigm 0 1960 s new criticisms of traditional and behavioral in US and Europe 0 Father of Radicalism Karl Marx 0 studies women ethnic gender 0 Radical approach fact and value are interrelated value more important qualitative and quantitative comparative more focused on non western societies analytical and dynamic focuses on social changes historical and ahistorical unity past and present holistic history FDP PPONT
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