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PSC 302: Comparative Government.
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by Jeremy Lewis.

Chapter 1 THE STUDY OF POLITICS

Basic Concepts of Politics

Order

Power

Justice

Politics and Everyday Life The Pervasiveness of Politics

The Pursuit of Justice

How Politics is Studied For What Purpose?

By What Methods?

From What Perspective?

Why Study Politics? Self-Interest

Self-Improvement

Self-Knowledge

Chapter 2 THE NATION-STATE:
DEVELOPMENT AND DISINTEGRATION

The Modern Nation-State: A Brief Model

An Assumption of Development Theory

The Setting for Development:

The Third World The Motives for Development

The Development Puzzle

Social Barriers to Development

Psychological Barriers to Development

Obstacles to Economic Development

Challenges to Political Development
 

Chapter 3 UTOPIAS:
IN SEARCH OF THE IDEAL STATE

Plato's Republic: Philosophy

The Just City

The Noble Lie

Francis Bacon's New Atlantis: Science Stability and Science

Blueprint for the Future

Karl Marx's Classless Society: Economics The Centrality of Economics

The Dictatorship of the Proletariat

The Classless Society

B.F. Skinner's Walden Two:

Behavioral Psychology

The Good Life

The Science of Behavioral Engineering

The Scientist as God

Utopias Examined The Inspiration for Utopia

The Road to Utopia

Utopia and Human Nature

Utopia and the Neglect of Politics

Dysutopias

Chapter 4 CONSTITUTIONAL DEMOCRACIES

Democratic Constitutions

Democracy as Responsive Government

Majority Rule

The Tyranny of the Majority

Constitutional Democracy as Limited Government Minority Rights

The Rule of Law

Constitutionalism as Correct Procedure

Federalism

Constitutional Democracy as Effective Government The Need for Stability

The Need for Energy

Chapter 5 MODELS OF DEMOCRACY;
UNITED STATES and GREAT BRITAIN

Democratic institutions:

An American Perspective

A New Science of Politics

Institutionalized Bulwarks against Tyranny

American Model: Presidential System Separation of Powers

Constitutional Constraints on Majority Rule

A Strong Executive Branch

British Model: Parliamentary System A Mixed Regime

Fusion of Powers

Indefinite Terms of Office

Disciplined Parties

A Dual Executive

Two Systems Compared The Legislative

The Executive

The Judiciary

Strengths and Weaknesses of the Two Systems

Chapter 6 ADAPTATIONS of DEMOCRACY:
FRANCE, WEST GERMANY, JAPAN FRANCE The Fifth Republic: A Hybrid System

The Executive

The Judicial System

Reduced Role of the National Assembly

Political Parties

A Constitution Under Pressure: Testing the Balance

(WEST) GERMANY The Weimar Republic

West German Federalism

The Executive

The Legislative

The Judiciary

The Basic Law and Civil Liberties

A Limited Government

JAPAN Historical Background

The New Constitution

The Party System

Consensus; Stability and Prosperity

The Adaptability of Democracy Chapter 7 AUTHORITARIAN STATES Prevalence of Authoritarian States

Characteristics of Authoritarian States

Right-Wing and Left-Wing Régimes Authoritarian Rulers

Six Myths about Authoritarian States

* All Are Equally Oppressive

* All Are Illegitimate

* All Are Unpopular

* All Neglect the Public Interest

* Modern Dictators Depend on New Technology, Methods to Stay in Power

* Authoritarian Government Is the Worst Kind Possible

Authoritarian Government and Politics Chapter 8 TOTALITARIAN STATES Beyond Authoritarianism

Revolutionary Stage of Totalitarianism

Leadership

Ideology

Organization

Propaganda

Violence

Consolidation of Power Eliminating Opposition Parties

Purging Real or Imagined Rivals within the Party

Creating a Monolithic Society

Transformation of Society The Soviet Union under Stalin

Germany under Hitler

China under Mao

Human Cost of Totalitarianism

Does Totalitarianism Have a Future?

Kampuchea; Ethiopia; Iran
Chapter 9 CONTEMPORARY COMMUNIST STATES:
Totalitarian or Authoritarian?

Soviet Union Today

Mechanisms of State Control

The Central Party Organs

Governmental Institutions

The Perils of Centralization

A Classless Society?

Everyday Life in the Worker's State

Pervasive Social Problems

A Totalitarian System?

Soviet Bloc

Yugoslavia: Split Personality
China: Beyond Maoism

China Under Mao

New Leadership

Political Changes

Military Reorganization

Bureaucratic Shufflings

Economic Reforms

The Future

Other Non-European Communist States Asian Communist States; Castro's Cuba