AP COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
TEXT CH. 1 ASSIGNMENT SHEET, 9/ 5 –22, 2006
Thoroughly read Introduction to Comparative Politics, Chapter 1, pages 5 to 35.
As you read, define all KEY TERMS (found on page 31) in your notebook. Other readings for use in Unit 1 will be
Be prepared for a quiz on the section due, AND any supplemental readings distributed in class, each week!
Week of September 5-8, 2006: Bring covered textbook to class. Bring signed copy of course outline.
TEXTBOOK ASSIGNMENTS: IN YOUR NOTEBOOK, ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:
Due at FIRST class, week of September 11-15: Text section 1, pp. 5-8.
I. Define all KEY TERMS (bold words) in Section 1.
1. What was the Cold War? How did it end?
2. At the end of the Cold War, what did author and political scientist Francis Fukuyama predict about the future of global
3. According to your Text, what question about globalization ”promised to dominate the political agenda of the early 21 st
Century”? How have the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 transformed this question?
4. Describe three specific examples of globalization.
5. There is much disagreement about whether globalization is more of a good thing or a bad thing for the world. Describe
two positive and two negative aspects of globalization, as mentioned in your Text.
6. Name the four themes identified by the Text as key to understanding politics in today’s world.
Due at LAST class, week of September 11-15: Text section 2, pp. 8-13
I. Define all KEY TERMS (bold words) in Section 2.
1. What are CAUSAL THEORIES? Give two examples that can be considered causal theories.
Due at FIRST class, week of September 18-22: Text section 3, pp.13-21
I. Define all KEY TERMS (bold words) in Section 3.
1. Why does the text compare the political systems of states, rather than analyzing other forms of human organization?
2. Explain why it is important to understand how a country governs its economy, if one seeks to understand its political
3. What is the “democratic idea”?
4. What is Freedom House? What specific change in world politics has Freedom House documented in recent decades?
5. How do states proclaiming to be democratic define democracy in different ways?
6. What is collective identity? Explain how collective identity can unite or divide a nation.
Due at LAST class, week of September 18-22: Text sections 4-5, pp. 21-31
I. Define all KEY TERMS (bold words) in Section 4-5.
1. Identify: First World, Second World, Third World.
2. Why did comparativists classify states according to First, Second, and Third World status from 1945 to 1991?
3. How has the above typology been replaced by many comparativists (including our textbook)?
4. Define the following terms dealing with ways of measuring economic development: Gross Domestic Product, Gross
National Product, Gross National Income, official international currency exchange rates, purchasing power parity, human
5. Name five minimal conditions necessary to consolidate a democratic regime, according to a consensus of political
scientists and scholars today.
6. Describe the difference between consolidated (durable) democracies, transitional democracies, and authoritarian
UNIT 1 EXAM: date to be announced.
The Unit 1exam will include material from Chapter 1 of the class textbook, class notes, and all class handouts.