Political science questions
Answer the following questions as fully and completely as possible. A short paragraph should probably be enough:
1) What exactly is comparative politics and what is the comparative method of studying politics? In 1990, French political scientists Mattel Dogan and Dominique Pelassy suggested that “comparison is the engine of knowledge.” What do you think they mean and do you agree with their statement?
2) In the introduction of his book, John McCormick makes the case that the “Three World’s System” of classifying countries is dated. He opts for a “six arenas” approach. My question is: which classification system is better at helping us make sense of the world-McCormick’s classification system or the 3rd World classification system?
3) What are the relative strengths and weaknesses of the three comparative democracy indices (“Freedom in the World”; “Governance Indicators”; “Democracy Index”) described in McCormick’s Introduction esp. considering how fast things are changing (ie globalization tying countries together, global supply chain shrinking, technology changing the face of nearly everything, climate change, etc)?