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POLI 244 Lecture Notes - Ideal Type


Department
Political Science
Course Code
POLI 244
Professor
Stephen Saideman

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First: Individual
Nature of humans
Nature of men (not women)
Misperception: cognition
Cognition is the process of gaining knowledge
If you believe in something, you're going to look for evidence of it
Smart vs Dumb
Bush
Sane or insane
Hussein
Risk averse vs acceptant
Strengths
Weaknesses
Willingness to GAMBLE
Second: State
Sovereignty
Supreme authority is WITHIN a territory
Ideal type
Constant violations
Pope telling random Christian states what to do
e.g.
Regime type
Domestic political dynamics
Bureaucratic politics
Economic differences
Strong states vs weak states
Third: System
How does the external environment shape the behaviour of states
e.g. Inflation, market, etc
Globalization
Global norms
International institutions
Strengths and weaknesses
Social systems
Market, societies, campuses, firms, etc
How do interactions among the units shape the units?
Selection
Who gets ahead? Who ceases to exist? Who is dominated?
Do selection mechanisms/dynamics change over time?
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