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The Logic of Comparative Politics
↑ Corruption ↓ Political Stability
1. Gather evidence (data) on the DV and all IVs
Does democracy increase economic growth?
Does your answer change?
Does ethnic diversity cause civil war?
Has the answer changed?
a. Credible Commitment -- Conditional support
b. Outreach -- Publicity, Money, Media Access
c. Persuasion -- Information to representatives
a. Logrolling: You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours
b. Partisanship: Leads to either partisan government or gridlock
From the early American practice of neighbors gathering to help clear land by rolling off and burning felled timber.
a. Enforcement of laws
b. Regulations and Decrees…
Comparative Politics: At least some causes of these things lie in the political choices made by different countries’ people and governments -- and the cultures in which those choices are made