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Intro to Comp Politics- Week 5

by: Molly Mortimer

Intro to Comp Politics- Week 5 PSCI 2012-100

Molly Mortimer

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Intro to Comparative Politics
Dr. Andy Baker

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Intro to Comparative Politics
Dr. Andy Baker
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Date Created: 09/25/15
Monday September 21 2015 Intro to Comparative Politics Week 5 Comparing Democratic Regimes l ExecutiveLegislative Relations ll Electoral Systems A Definition B Comparing SMD and PR C Why it matters Consequences 1 Duverger s Theory and SMD electoral system tends to encourage a two major party system and a PR electoral system tends to encourage a multiparty system a Main reason for this is disproportionality b People don t vote for third parties because they think their vote is wasted PR Advantages a Minimal disproportionality b More parties more options 0 Less gerrymandering SMD Advantages a Voters have identifiable legislators b More likely to get a singleparty majority 0 Less likely to have small extreme parties Parliamentary systems can us PR or SMD and so can presidential systems Wednesday September 23 2015 Intro to Comparative Politics Week 5 Non Democracies l Nondemocracies A Defining and comparing types 1 Two major types totalitarian authoritarian 2 Totalitarian a Government articulates a rigid ideology b Attempts to coercively mobilize support c State infiltrates most aspects of everyday life d No individual political rights e Fascist example Nazi Germany f Communist examples Soviet Union Mao s China North Korea 3 Authoritarian a Government limits political rights and pluralism b Government seeks to stay in power via coercion not ideology prefer a demobilized society c State does not infiltrate all aspects of everyday life d Types 1 Single party ex Mexico 2 Personalist ex SubSaharan Africa 3 Monarchy ex Saudi Arabia 4 Military ex Thailand Egypt 5 Theocracy ex lran


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