Mon, Jan 30
Ch. 1, Introduction
- Does O'Neil's approach to studying comparative politics—using a "guiding concept" and a "guiding ideal"—seem like a good idea to you? Explain your answer.
- Which is more important: individual freedom or collective equality? Support your position based on your personal values and experiences.
- Are you a hedgehog or a fox? What do you think accounts for this? Offer an illustrative example or two, drawn from your personal experience.
- Answer the Institutions in Action questions (on page 25), then explain whether or not you believe we can "make a science of politics" and why.
- What does it mean to say that "every explanation in this book is conjecture" (26-27)? How might this impact your learning experience in this class?
- Make connections between some of the key terms on page 27. Explain why you selected these terms and how they might prove useful to you.