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McGill University
Political Science
POLI 211
Fillippo Sabetti

Poli 211 Lecture Notes st November 21 2012 Excluded: European Union and Nigeria and Africa Works, Disorder as Political Instruments Final exam Revolution and what came after, and Topic #3 and 4 (exploitation, colonialism and post-colonialism, broad issues from the previous section Iran: Page 455  quick overview of the principle phases and events and periods in Iran’s political development 1979 Revolution Creation of Islamic Republic of Iran Misunderstanding of the country in the Popular Media  Responsibility of understanding why some political systems emerge, and under what conditions do revolutions take place, and with what consequences  Look at political institutions, and regimes as stationary bandits  The critical difference is in the way that institutions that stationary bandits are set up, hence liberal regimes, as supposed to some other regimes  Deep down, there is always some form of coercion  Any kind of political association, necessarily implies some kind of political inequality  A totalitarian system is concerned with the totality of one’s existence, an authoritarian regime (shah’s regime)  Islamic Republic of 1979 sought to remodel society  Concern with the loss of culture and identity  Creation of the republic, the challenge faced by the Iranian republic was how to set up institutions to make it work as it should  In effect, they faced the paradox of power, the creation of new political order that sought to overcome the early oppression, sought to strengthen Iranian culture, created its own problems  Whenever you create institutions, one is faced with the problem with compliance: how to ensure people in the institution or set of arrangements work as they should  In many professions that apply to all of us: we need mechanisms to monitor  How to make sure institutions of government work in implementing their brand of Islam in practice Political Institutions 1.) The constitution 2.) Branches of government Supreme leader and the presidency  The constitution says that the God is sovereign over the people and the state, and all political acti
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