POL-UA 300 Lecture 4: Recitation 2 Notes

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Recitation 2 Notes
The American Anomaly?
Basics
Nation: collective identity among a group of people
Whatever attribute you think is sufficient for a collective identity, probably sufficient for national
identity
Though of as imagined community
Ties are purely imagined between people
Religion, ethnic, language, etc.
State: sovereign, independent country
Recognized by UN is a heuristic used
Thornier concept in general however.
Has monopoly of legitimacy of force within its borders.
Can enter into diplomatic relations with other states.
Regime: type of gov (dem, dictatorship).
Configuration of gov that prevail in a particular state
Collection of institutions and rules that govern political life
Totalitarian all encompassing ideologies
Authoritarian more pragmatic
Goeret: either refers to leader’s teure or eeutie, ogress ad judiiar
“eparate oept, Oaa’s go, Reaga’s go
States outlast ny given government
Hard power: military might
Soft power: diplomacy
What Makes US Unique?
National identity rooted in political philosophy rather than a clear common cultural
narrative
People pledge fealty to constitution
Compared to other countries where regime and nation are much more distant
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