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Comparative Politics & International Relations - Chapter Summary
Study these convenient political science lessons to get a firm grasp on comparative politics and international relations. These study resources will help you review different types of political and economic systems as well as the relationship between politics and globalization. You'll find straightforward definitions of nationalism, imperialism and colonialism, and determine the responsibilities of national and supranational governments. Upon completion of this chapter, you'll be able to:
- Identify different types of political systems
- Summarize the history and structure of the parliamentary government system
- Differentiate between congress and parliament
- Define economic systems and economic policy
- Assess issues and factors that influence government intervention in the economy
- Outline the powers and responsibilities of national government
- Understand the characteristics and purpose of supranational government
- Know what international relations are
- Understand how politics and globalization are related
- Compare the advantages and disadvantages of globalization
- Explain how nationalism affects world politics
- Recognize examples of imperialism and colonialism in the international system
- Analyze examples of militarism
Studying political science topics is easy with our fun and comprehensive lessons that are taught by knowledgeable subject-matter experts. As you move through the chapter, you'll be able to test your understanding of the material using our interactive practice quizzes. You can also print lesson transcripts to supplement your study and access the chapter material whenever it's convenient for you.
1. Political System: Types & Definition
How many different ways can human societies organize their governments? In this lesson, we'll examine some common political systems used throughout history and see how they compare.
2. The History and Structure of the Parliamentary System of Government
In this lesson, we explore the parliamentary system of government and several of the European nations that employ the system, as well as the European Parliament and its constraints.
3. Presidential System of Government: Roles of the President
The following lesson discusses the seven roles that the President of the United States has. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.
4. Congress vs. Parliament: Main Differences
In this lesson, we will review the major differences between Congress and Parliament. We will take a closer look at why these differences exist and how they affect decision-making in those particular democratic countries.
5. Economic Systems: Definition, Types & Examples
In this lesson, you'll learn about the three major forms of economic systems, including planned, market, and mixed market economies. You'll also explore the five factors of production and the roles they play in the exchange of products or services.
6. What is Economic Policy? - Definition & Examples
In this lesson, we will discuss the term economic policy. We'll then look at the functions of economic policy, as well as the goals government use when implementing policy.
7. Government Intervention in the Economy: Issues & Factors
In this lesson, you'll consider the question of when it's worthwhile for the government to take action related to the economy. We'll use concrete examples to help you understand these hotly debated issues.
8. National Government: Definition, Responsibilities & Powers
Learn about the two basics types of national government, and see how each works with regional governments. When you're finished, take the quiz to see what you've learned.
9. What is a Supranational Government? - Characteristics & Purpose
Who can tell a country what to do? Technically, no one. However, if a country is part of a supranational government, then that government can order a country around. Wait, what's a supranational government? This lesson will explain.
10. What Is International Relations?
The study of international relations is becoming ever more important as our world becomes more interconnected. In this lesson, you'll learn about what international relations is and some important related concepts.
11. Globalization & Politics
The term 'globalization' gets tossed about quite a lot, but what exactly does it mean? In this lesson, you'll learn what globalization is and how it can affect states and their citizens. We'll also discuss the North-South gap. A quiz follows.
12. Globalization: Advantages & Disadvantages
Have you heard people talking about globalization and didn't quite know what they meant? This lesson gives a brief definition of globalization and discusses the advantages and disadvantages of this growing worldwide trend.
13. How Nationalism Impacts World Politics
Nationalism has the ability to provide tremendous benefits to a society, but also the capacity to wreak devastation if its power is misused. In this lesson, we'll take a look at nationalism's impact on the world stage.
14. Imperialism & Colonialism in the International System
Throughout history, major political powers in the international system turned to imperialism and colonialism to increase their wealth and power. In this lesson, you'll learn more about imperialism and colonialism and the impact it has on political communities.
15. Militarism: Definition & Examples
Militarism is the belief that the military should play a central role in society. It usually features high government spending and aggression with neighbors. We look at three examples and then note the role of militarism in the First World War.
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