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  1. 1. Themes in Comparative Government ---A World of States ---Governing the Economy ---The Democratic Idea ---Politics of Collective Identity
  2. 2. Globalization Citizens Institutions STATES Democratization
  3. 3. GOVERNING THE ECONOMY How do you measure economic performance? Is GDP accurate? Does a state’s government affect success of economy? Or vice versa? What is the best way a government can protect its economy? Key Questions…
  4. 4. The Democratic Idea <ul><li>What explains the recent trend towards democracy? </li></ul><ul><li>What are some of the problems with democracy? </li></ul><ul><li>Is democracy the best choice for all countries? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the conditions that promote democracy? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Struggle for power Issues: inclusion, political recognition, representation, priority Distributional politics – material vs. nonmaterial