POLI 109 Ch 2 - Key Terms - Comparative Politics (2e) - Samuels
Ch 2 'The State' from "Comparative Politics" (2nd Ed.) by David J. Samuels.
Terms in this set (12)
A political-legal unit with sovereignty over a particular geographic territory and the population that resides in that territory.
Ultimate responsibility for and legal authority over the conduct of internal affairsincluding a claim to a monopoly on the legitimate use of physical force—within territory defined by geographic borders.
A state where sovereignty over claimed territory has collapsed or was never effectively established at all.
The degree to which citizens willingly accept the state's sovereign authority to use power.
Collective Action Problem
A situation wherein each individual has private incentives not to participate in an action that benefits all members of the group.
State of Nature
Term coined by Thomas Hobbes to describe an imaginary time before human beings organized into governments or states for the collective good.
A theoretical political agreement in which everyone agrees to limit their ability to do as they please in order to achieve some collective benefit.
The organization that has the authority to act on behalf of a state and the right to make decisions that affect everyone in a state.
A cultural grouping of individuals who associate with each other based on collectively held political identity.
A subjective feeling of membership in a nation.
"All organized groups, social movements, interest groups, and individuals who attempt to remain autonomous from the influence and authority of the state."
A form of political organization in which no single political entity or ruler held unambiguous territorial sovereignty and in which political rule involved multiple and often overlapping lines of authority.
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