Introduction to Comparative Politics

Introduction to Comparative Politics

Introduction to Comparative Politics Political Science 2400 Call # 42941 Instructors

Dr. Sybil Rhodes Ms. Jane Okwako Ms. Stacey Pollard Why do people starve to death in some countries and not in others?

Why have some countries experienced violent revolutions while others have not? Why do wealthy democracies appear likely to suffer from violent nationalist terrorist movements? Why does having a whole lot of oil seem to make countries more likely to have authoritarian rulers than

democratic governments? Why do some countries have more extensive welfare states than others? Every country is unique. History never repeats itself.

There are too many factors that affect politics to be able to simplify. Idiographic Explanations vs. Nomothetic Explanations

Idiographic Emphasizes uniqueness of individual cases Associated with humanities

Nomothetic Emphasizes generalities Associated with sciences Comparative Politics Methods Describe one case (country) (Small n)

Compare a few cases (countries) (Medium n) Compare many cases (countries) (Large n) Social revolution

1) new actors gain control of the state institutions. 2) new actors seek to transform important facets of the society International Politics Club Will announce first meeting soon

If you are interested in playing a leadership role, see me or email me: [email protected]

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