Learning Objectives

  • How do different ideologies balance the rights of citizens with the state’s ability to compel obedience?
  • On what grounds do different regimes give citizens an opportunity to participate in politics? Who rules where citizens do not seem to have such an opportunity? Can this be justified?
  • To what extent does ideology explain how different regimes are organized and justify themselves? What else helps explain how different kinds of regimes actually function?
  • Where do different regime types emerge and why?