Soldiers: Desertion, Rebellion, and the Philosophy of the Refusal to Fight
American History

Soldiers: Desertion, Rebellion, and the Philosophy of the Refusal to Fight

In human history, war has often been a method for different governments, nation states or organizations to control resources. These wars have become bloodier and…

Theories of Democratic Transitions: “Democratization: theory and experience”
Comparative Politics

Theories of Democratic Transitions: “Democratization: theory and experience”

In the third chapter of the book “Democratization: theory and experience,” Laurence Whitehead looks at the concept of civil society and its relationship to democratization….

Theories of Democratic Transitions: “The Civic Culture”
Comparative Politics

Theories of Democratic Transitions: “The Civic Culture”

In the book “The Civic Culture: Political Attitudes and Democracy in Five Nations, An Analytic Study,” Gabriel Almond and Sidney Verba present a study of…

Seven Must-Know Facts For Planning College Political Events

Have you ever tried to organize a college event? Did you get frustrated by issues of planning and attendance? College is a stressful environment often…

Samuel Huntington “Political Development and Political Decay” Summary
Comparative Politics

Samuel Huntington “Political Development and Political Decay” Summary

In the article, “Political development and political decay,” Samuel Huntington explores the conflict between political mobilization and institutionalization and the importance of institutional development concerning…

Thomas Hobbes and Leviathan
Comparative Politics

Thomas Hobbes and Leviathan

One of the most influential philosophers in recent history is Thomas Hobbes, who was active in Great Britain during the 17th Century. Hobbes was a…

The Elite Variable in Democracy
Comparative Politics

The Elite Variable in Democracy

John Higley and Michael Burton argue that the decisions by societal elites play a role in democratic transitions regime breakdowns in their 1989 article “The…

“The political economy of democratic transitions” Response
American Economics

“The political economy of democratic transitions” Response

In the article “The political economy of democratic transitions,” Stephen Haggard and Robert Kaufman explore the effects of socioeconomic factors on democracy. Since the early…

The Political System of Iran
Comparative Politics

The Political System of Iran

Since the 1978-79 Iranian Revolution, there has been much analysis by political scientists and political leaders as to what makes up the Iranian political system….

Hamas: Political Heroes or International Terrorists?
Comparative Politics

Hamas: Political Heroes or International Terrorists?

In the Islamic world, there has been much debate over the relationship between Islam and politics. Some Muslims argue in favor of increased secularism, whereas…

“Why Iran Should Get the Bomb” Article Review
Comparative Politics

“Why Iran Should Get the Bomb” Article Review

In his most recent Foreign Affairs article “Why Iran Should Get the Bomb,” political scientist Kenneth Waltz explores the background behind the debate over the…