Political Regime/Regime Change
The whole decision-making apparatus of the state; the constitutional principles and arrangements
according to which government decisions are made; the fundamental rules of the game.
Regime is applied to the comparative study of different social formations. It is an “organized
governance experience,” a “form of rule,” etc. It contains four spheres: state, society, market, and
global insertion. Attributes of one regime type are often found in another. Democratic aspects of
authoritarian regimes, for example, should not be ignored. It is helpful to think of concrete
regimes as composites or hybrids, both unique and comparable. As the processes of globalization
accelerate, variations in contemporary political regimes are both expanding and contracting. We
should expect regime diversity and more regime composites.
State: controls/ institutions (liberal dem)