Week 3- Intro to Comp Politics
Week 3- Intro to Comp Politics PSCI 2012-100
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Date Created: 09/11/15
Wednesday September 9 2015 Intro to Comparative Politics Week 3 Democratic Regimes Political Regimes Defining and Comparing A Political regime basic form of a political system the rules of how a state administers authority B The permanency of a regime can be viewed on a spectrum 1 Government most shortlived 2 Regime can change but not as often as governments 3 State most permanent C Political regime types 1 Democracy more free 2 Nondemocracy less free ll Defining Democracy A Free and fair elections participation and accountability 1 Full adult suffrage votes counted fairly no coercion to vote or vote a certain way B Protection of civil liberties C Free and balanced competition among political elites contestation Hi Is Democracy Best A Sir Winston Churchill 18741965 1 Democracy is the worst form of government except for all the others tat have beentned a There are flaws within the democratic system but the alternatives to democracy are even worse than those flaws dictatorship etc B Advantages 1 Less arbitrary violence committed by the state Wednesday September 9 2015 2 More prosperous a There is a correlation between the type of government and the amount of wealth a country has 3 Less likely to fight other countries C Disadvantages 1 Are citizens knowledgeable enough to make informed decisions about elected officials 2 Less effective in addressing problems 3 Less harmonious a There are a lot of voices to be heard in a democracy it s not just a dictator making all the decisions for the state
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