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Economists assert that above all else, political institutions determine the wealth of nations

Economists assert that above all else, political institutions determine the wealth of nations | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
It is among the grandest topics in scholarship: Why do some nations, such as the United States, become wealthy and powerful, while others remain stuck in poverty?
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Mexico’s middle class is becoming its majority

Mexico’s middle class is becoming its majority | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
The swelling ranks of the middle class in Mexico are crowding new Wal-Marts, driving Nissan sedans and maxing out their credit cards.
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Shell sued over Nigeria pollution

Shell sued over Nigeria pollution | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
Lawyers representing a Nigerian fishing community take oil firm Shell to court in London over alleged unpaid compensation for recent oil spills.
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Has China Legalized Secret Detentions? – Who's Afraid of Ai Weiwei? - FRONTLINE

Has China Legalized Secret Detentions? – Who's Afraid of Ai Weiwei? - FRONTLINE | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
China passed controversial laws today the government says will safeguard suspects' rights, curb the power of police and help prevent forced confessions.
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Iran council to oversee internet

Iran council to oversee internet | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, orders the setting up of a new body to oversee the internet...
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The Role of Ordinary People in Democratization - From World Values Survey

The Role of Ordinary People in Democratization - From World Values Survey | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it

Authors: Welzel, C. & Inglehart, R.
Publication Year: 2008
Publication Name: Journal of Democracy

 

Human empowerment is becoming an increasingly important driving force behind democratization. Although elite bargaining was central when representative democracy first emerged and still plays an important role, the development of “effective democracy” reflects the acquisition by ordinary people of resources and values that enable them effectively to pressure elites. The importance of this process, called “human empowerment,” is generally underestimated.

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No, a nation’s geography is not its destiny

No, a nation’s geography is not its destiny | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
One of the most widely accepted alternative theories of world inequality is the geography hypothesis, which claims that the great divide between rich and poor countries is created by geographical differences.

 

This article is an excerpt of the forthcoming book "Why Nations Fail" that should serve as an ideological counterweight to the book "Guns, Germs and Steel."  The authors argue that the wealth of a country is most closely correlated with the degree to which the average person shares in the overall growth of its economy, meaning that political institutions are more relevant to economic success and development than physical geographic resources. 

 

For more on this upcoming book and it's hypothesis see this NY Times review: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/18/magazine/why-countries-go-bust.html


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Putin Opponents Pick Up Moscow District Council Seats

Putin Opponents Pick Up Moscow District Council Seats | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
Inspired by protests against President Vladimir V. Putin, hundreds of young Muscovites ran for the first time in municipal elections. To the shock of many, dozens won.

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Will China Rule the World?

Will China Rule the World? | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
Unless China fundamentally reforms its political institutions, a change that seems unlikely in the short term, a trajectory of economic growth followed by relative decline is more likely than a trajectory of long-term increasing prosperity.
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Boko Haram ends talks with Nigeria government

Boko Haram ends talks with Nigeria government | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
Islamist group says its "closed all possible doors of negotiations" with government of "unbelievers".
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Hiding in the City With Liu Bolin | LightBox | TIME.com

Hiding in the City With Liu Bolin | LightBox | TIME.com | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
Liu Bolin employs photography as a means to explore the Chinese national identity while silently protesting its government. His work is on view at Eli Klein Fine Art gallery in New York City.
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Contrasting corruption

Contrasting corruption | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
Bribery in varies greatly across MexicoON MAY 10th Transparency International, an anti-corruption outfit, published a survey of 15,000 Mexican homes on bribery. It found wide regional variations.
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'Nollywood' brings home-grown success to Nigeria

'Nollywood' brings home-grown success to Nigeria | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
Nigeria's 'Nollywood' may be looked down on by Westerners, but it's been a success in English-speaking Africa.
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3 Mexican presidential hopefuls vie to lead a nation weary of politics

3 Mexican presidential hopefuls vie to lead a nation weary of politics | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
Hard as it may be to believe, these days many Mexicans are even more cynical about their politicians than Americans.
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Calls for democracy in Hong Kong

Calls for democracy in Hong Kong | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
Accusations of infidelity and corruption during Hong Kong's leadership race have fuelled calls for democracy.
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Who’s Afraid of Ai Weiwei?

Who’s Afraid of Ai Weiwei? | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
He's China's first global art star who is using his fame to push the boundaries of freedom in that country. Can an artist change China?
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The governments censoring the web

The governments censoring the web | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
BBC Monitoring's Duncan Stanworth explains why certain countries are routinely filtering what its citizens see on the internet and what web-users can do to get around censorship.
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Fine weather for a Party

Fine weather for a Party | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
IT IS platitudinous in the capital that the polluted skies clear up for big national events and holidays, as if by miracle.
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China lawyers in allegiance oath

China lawyers in allegiance oath | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
The Justice Ministry in China says lawyers are now required to swear allegiance to the ruling Communist Party, a move critics see as "inappropriate".
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Russia's Demography: Reversal Of The "Russian Cross"

Russia's Demography: Reversal Of The "Russian Cross" | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it

Last year our country’s population increased, for the first time in 20 years. Although positive growth in aggregate was only enabled by immigration from the Near Abroad, existing trends in rising fertility and falling mortality were maintained.


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Russia’s Mortality From Vices On The Decline

Russia’s Mortality From Vices On The Decline | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
Sometimes a single picture is worth a thousand words. This is one. Though Russia remains a highly dangerous country by developed country standards, it has improved immeasurably in the past decade.

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Deal gives Holyrood new tax power

Deal gives Holyrood new tax power | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
Holyrood is to be given new income tax and borrowing powers as part of a deal struck between the Scottish and UK governments.
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AP Central - Civil Society: An Introduction

AP Central - Civil Society: An Introduction | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it

A New AP Topic
During the past two decades, several disparate trends have brought the ideas and theories of civil society into academic discussions. These exchanges take place among students of U.S. government, comparative government, and international relations. The discussions are not identical, but the topic is more and more prominent.

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Fight of the Century: Keynes vs. Hayek Round Two

Go to http://econstories.tv for EconStories content and materials. Produced by Emergent Order. Visit us at http://emergentorder.com. "Fight of the Century" i...
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Full house

Full house | Comparative Government and Politics | Scoop.it
Which countries have the largest number of people per legislator?BRITAIN’S House of Lords is full, according to a new report by the Constitution Unit, a research centre at University College, London.
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