Topic outline

  • Topic 1

    CHAPTER 1

    Government and Politics: Introduction

    1. Forms of power

    2. The state and sovereignty

    3. Nations’ states and nationalism

    4. Authority and legitimacy

    5. Webers`s classification of legitimate authority


    • Topic 2

      Chapter 3 

      Democracy

      1. How can democracies be classified?

      2. Athenian democracy/direct democracy,

      3. Waves of democratization

      4. Representative and liberal/established democracy

      5. New democracies

      6. Semi-democracy

      7. Is there an Asian-style democracy?


      • Topic 3

        Chapter 4

        Authoritarian rule

        1. Comparison of demecracy and authoritarianism

        2. Traditional authoritarian rule

        3. Communist, fascist and military rule

        4. The Arab and Muslim worlds

        5. China in transition


        • Topic 4

          Chapter 5

          The Comparative Approach

          1. Why compare?

          2. The risks of comparison

          3. Comparing institutions, societies and states

          4. Techniques of comparison



          • Topic 5

            Chapter 8 

            Political Participation

              1. Participation in established democracies and voluntary participation

            1. Participation in new democracies

            2. Social movements

            3. Participation in authoritarian states and patron client relationships

            1. Totalitarianism and regimented participation

            2. Political violence and terror, revolution

               7.  Theories of Revolution


            • Topic 6

              Chapter 9

              Elections and Voters

              1. Electoral systems

              2. Electing legislatures and presidents

              3. V oting behaviour,

              4. Electoral Franchise, scope of elections and turnout

              5. Referendums

              6. Elections in new democracies

              7. Elections in authoritarian states


              • Topic 7

                Chapter 15

                The Political Executive


                1. Political executive in liberal democracies

                2. Presidential government

                3. Parliamentary government

                4. Semi-presidential government

                5. The executive in new democracies

                6. The executive in authoritarian states

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