"What is politics?" (Lecture from Introduction to Comparative Politics)
This lecture comes from Introduction to Comparative Politics, which I teach almost every semester. In this particular lecture, I answer the question: What is politics?
Introduction to Comparative Politics has no prerequisites. It's required for political science majors at Wabash College, but is ideal for any student seeking to satisfy the behavioral science distribution requirement or for anyone with an interest in politics.
*** If you liked this lecture, you might like my book: Hegemony and the Holocaust: State Power and Jewish Survival in Occupied Europe. It's available on Amazon ... or just encourage your local library to get it! ***
Many thanks to the Wabash College Media Center, and especially Tu Nguyen for helping me edit the video and Ryan Cairns for filming it.
Comparative Politics - I
This Lecture talks about Comparative Politics - I
What is COMPARATIVE POLITICS? What does COMPARATIVE POLITICS mean?
What is COMPARATIVE POLITICS? What does COMPARATIVE POLITICS mean? COMPARATIVE POLITICS meaning - COMPARATIVE POLITICS definition - COMPARATIVE POLITICS explanation.
Source: Wikipedia.org article, adapted under license.
Comparative politics is a field in political science, characterized by an empirical approach based on the comparative method. In other words, comparative politics is the study of the domestic politics, political institutions, and conflicts of countries. It often involves comparisons among countries and through time within single countries, emphasizing key patterns of similarity and difference. Arend Lijphart argues that comparative politics does not have a substantive focus in itself, but rather a methodological one: it focuses on the how but does not specify the what of the analysis. In other words, comparative politics is not defined by the object of its study, but rather by the method it applies to study political phenomena. Peter Mair and Richard Rose advance a slightly different definition, arguing that comparative politics is defined by a combination of a substantive focus on the study of countries' political systems and a method of identifying and explaining similarities and differences between these countries using common concepts. Rose states that, on his definition: The focus is explicitly or implicitly upon more than one country, thus following familiar political science usage in excluding within-nation comparison. Methodologically, comparison is distinguished by its use of concepts that are applicable in more than one country.
When applied to specific fields of study, comparative politics may be referred to by other names, such as for example comparative government (the comparative study of forms of government) or comparative foreign policy (comparing the foreign policies of different States in order to establish general empirical connections between the characteristics of the State and the characteristics of its foreign policy).
Sometimes, especially in the United States, the term comparative politics is used to refer to the politics of foreign countries. This usage of the term, however, is often considered incorrect.
Comparative political science as a general term for an area of study, as opposed to a methodology of study, can be seen as redundant. The political only shows as political when either an overt or tacit comparison is being made. A study of a single political entity, whether a society, subculture or period, would show the political as simple brute reality without comparison with another society, subculture, or period.
The highest award in the discipline of Comparative Politics is the Karl Deutsch award, awarded by the International Political Science Association. So far, it has been given to Juan Linz (2003), Charles Tilly (2006), Giovanni Sartori (2009), and Alfred Stepan (2012).
1 - What is Comparative Politics
PLSC 3321: Introduction to Comparative Politics, Lecture 2: What is Politics?
INTRO TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS 1.1
Why Study Comparative Politics?
What is Comparative Politics?
VAP Ulster BOCES
What is Political Theory - Part 1
This Lecture talks about What is Political Theory
An introduction to the discipline of Politics
What is Politics and why should we study it? This short video from Macat explains how the subject has developed over the years and introduces some of the key ideas and major thinkers who have helped to shape it in only a few minutes.
Macat’s videos give you an overview of the ideas you should know, explained in a way that helps you think smarter. Through exploration of the humanities, we learn how to think critically and creatively, to reason, and to ask the right questions.
Critical thinking is about to become one of the most in-demand set of skills in the global jobs market.* Are you ready?
Learn to plan more efficiently, tackle risks or problems more effectively, and make quicker, more informed and more creative decisions with Macat’s suite of resources designed to develop this essential set of skills.
Our experts have already compiled the 180 books you feel you should know—but will never have time to read—and explained them in a way that helps you think smarter. Dip in and learn in 3 minutes or 10 minutes a day, or dive in for 3 hours, wherever you are on whatever device you have.
Get your journey started into the great books for free:
Get a report on your critical thinking skills at no cost:
Find out more about critical thinking:
*Source: WEF report Jan 2016 – “The Future of Jobs report”
Introduction to Political Science
What is political science? Why study political science? What are the major subdisciplines within the broad discipline of political science? What are some career options available to those that major or minor in political science? Why should political science interest you? How does it impact your life? How is political science relevant today? In this video clip (recorded on 11/23/13), Professor Sukkary answers the questions above and briefly introduces the discipline of political science.
Lecture 1 What is Political Science
This is the first lecture for American Government and Comparative Politics. Very important!
BASIC CONCEPTS OF POLITICAL ANALYSIS 1.3
Unit 1 - Intro to Comparative Politics
Comparative Politics I - Lecture 01 (POLS 303)
Lecture 01: Introduction
This Lecture talks about Comparative Politics.
What is Politics -- Siyasat kya hy (Urdu - Hindi)
1 What Is Politics?
What Is Politics?
Debates on state in Comparative Politics - I
This Lecture talks about Debates on state in Comparative Politics - I
What is politics?
A quick look at the question of what is politics and political science.
What is politics?
Just what the title says!
Introduction to Politics Right Now, Part 1 - Dr. David A. Leitner
Introduction to Political Studies (Part 1 of 2), a lesson by Dr. David A. Leitner of the Department of Political Studies at Bar-Ilan University. The lesson is a part of the curriculum of the International B.A. Program for Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, taught entirely in English.
Department of Political Studies:
Modern Approaches in Comparative Politics
This Lecture talks about Modern Approaches in Comparative Politics