Class Notes (1,100,000)
CA (620,000)
UTM (20,000)
POL114H5 (100)
Lecture 5

POL114H5 Lecture Notes - Lecture 5: Nuclear Option, Gerrymandering, Universal Suffrage

Political Science
Course Code
Lee Ann Fujii

This preview shows page 1. to view the full 5 pages of the document.
Democratic State
Last Week:
- How states administer
- Legiilit
This week:
What kind of states are there?
- Authoritarian
- Semi-authoritarian
- Electoral authoritarian
- Autocratic
- Democratic
What akes a state Deorati?
Possible ways to define democracy
- Wealth
o Yes: US, Saudi Arabia, UAE
o No: Poland Somaliland
- Level of development
o Russia, China
o No: India, Costa Rica
- Elected executive
o Yes: Russia, US
o No: Canada, UK
- Competitive parties
o Yes: Canada, UK, France
o NO: Japan, Mexico
- Regular elections
o Yes: Canada, France, US
o But also: Russia, S. Africa under apartheid
find more resources at
find more resources at
You're Reading a Preview

Unlock to view full version

Only page 1 are available for preview. Some parts have been intentionally blurred.

- Universal suffrage
o Yes: US, France
o NO: US before 1965, Lichtenstein before 1984
Defiig deoray presets sae prole as defiig the “tate
Let’s opare two deorati states
Canadian vs. US government system
Canadian System
- Parliamentary system
o Fusion of powers
o Executive named by ruling party or coalition
- Many parties
- Single member district
o Whoever wins most votes in one riding becomes the representative of that district
- Universal suffrage
o People can vote IN prison in Canada
US System:
- Presidential System
o Separation of powers
o Executive elected through popular vote
- Two parties
- Single member district
- Universal suffrage* (After 1965)
- Electoral college
Comparing democracies
- Which country is more democratic?
- “hitter & Karl’s aser
o US and Canada are differently democratic
“hitter & Karl’s defiitio:
Modern political democracy is a system of governance in which rulers are held accountable for their
actions in the public realm by citizens, acting indirectly through the competition and cooperation of
their elected representatives
find more resources at
find more resources at
You're Reading a Preview

Unlock to view full version