Topics :
1. Introduction
2. Ontology of Comparative Politics Studies
3. Comparative inquiry
4. Theories of System and State
a.David Easton
b.Gabriel Almond
5. Interest Group and Political Parties
6. Political Elites
7. Domestic Structure and Foreign Policy (see Henry A. Kissinger, in Wolframp.22)
8. Mid Semester Test
9. Seminars. Culminates in the writing of a paper suitable for discussion on a subject choosen by the student
a. Comparative Politics of The South East Asia.
b. Comparative Politics of The East Asia
c. Comparative Politics of The South Asia
d. Comparative Politics of The Middle East
e. Comparative Politics of The Europe (incld. Australia & New Zealand)
f. Comparative Politics of The America (North & South)

I.What’s system? Like human (organic) nature; all of components as one wholistic
II.Characteristics of system: Holistic, old & new, adaptive, compatible
III.Functions of political system:
1. Articulation of interests
2. Agregation of interests
3. Political Communication
4. Political Socialization
5. Elites selection
6. Conflict detterence

IV.Components of Political System (See Mohtar Mas’oed, 1997, page. 30)
1. Infra-structures of Political System are determined by supra-structures
2. Supra-Structures
a. Demographics
– Racial
– Ethnic/ culture/ nation/ language
– Religion
– Education
– Density
– National/ international border
b. Geographics
– Center/core vs peripheral
– Mainland vs outers
c. Economics
– Rich vs poor
– Metro, Urban, Rural
– Globalized/ Internationalized vs locked/blockaded/ autharcy
d. Ideology
based on: a, b, c
e. Role of foreign powers

3. Infra-Structures
a. Interest Groups
b. Pressure Groups
c. Political Parties
d. Role of Military, Religious Leader and Bussinesman in politics
e. Elections Systems
f. Legislative
g. Executive
h. Judicative

4. General Theory of Political Systems
a.In put (by interest groups and pressures group)
b.Converse (Legislative, Executive)
c.Out put (Foreign Policy)
d.Feed back

– Interest Groups
– Pressure Groups
– Political Parties
– Political Parties
– Elections Systems
– Role of Military, Religion Leader & Bussinesman in politics
– Legislative
– Executive
d.Decision Making Process of Foreign Policy


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