A.P. Comparative Politics & Government


Lou Sartor


Introduction & USA

Course Information: AP Comparative Politics & Government Syllabus

College Board Info: A.P. Comparative Politics & Government

Textbooks: Comparative Politics Today, Gabriel Almond, et. al., 9th Edition and A.P. Comparative Politics: A Study Guide

Recommended Supplementary Texts: A.P. Comparative Government and Politics Exam: What You Need to Know and Guide to AP Comparative Government & Politics

Handouts: Comparative Government and Politics Vocabulary; USA as a Frame of Reference; Constitutional Limitations and Social Welfare Policy

Video: Introduction to AP Government

Discussion Articles: The American Century is Over; Losing Our Way & We Don't Believe in Politics; 10 reasons the US is no longer the land of the free; Study: US is an Oligarchy; Why They Hate Us; We the People Loses Appeal with People Around the World; Constitution Writing is Flourishing Around the World; Election Fraud: Why I Didn't Vote in the Runoff, Or the Primary, Or the Last Election; A Power That May Not Stay So Super;

Powerpoints: Chapter One; Introduction to Comparative Politics; Comparison Systems; Critical Terms; Issues in Comparative Politics; Federalism vs Unitary Systems; Chapter Three; Comparative Politics Today

Chapter One: Q&A, Miscellaneous Terms and Key Terms

Key Concepts: Issues in Comparative Politics, Comparing Political Systems, Political Culture, Interest Articulation, Interest Aggregation, Policymaking, and Public Policy

Chapter Three: USA: Q&A and Key Terms

CSPAN mp3: Stephen Kinzer discusses his book Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq

Audioclips: Naomi Wolf Warns of Threat to American Constitutional Government (May 2008); Michael Klare discusses his book "Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet" (July 2008)

Links: BBC Profile of the United States of America, NYT articles re: USA, Factbook on USA, AP US Government Page

United Kingdom/Great Britain/England

Discussion Articles: Poll: Britons Tire of Vulgar and Cruel US; As Scots Weigh Independence, Wales Takes Note; Britain's 2010 Election: A Primer for Americans; Tories, Even With a New Leader, See Little to Hope For; Tory Introduces Himself to a Skeptical Lot: His Party; Can David Cameron Redefine Britain’s Tory Party?; Tony Blair: Three-Time Loser; Why Ditching the UK Would Be a Tragedy for Scotland; Tony Blair: A Player Who Never Found His Stage; Margaret Thatcher: Iron Lady Who Set Britain on a New Course Dies at 87; How Should We Rank Margaret Thatcher?; Viewpoint: What Now for Britishness?; Election 2015: Why a Multi-Party Coalition is Possible; Cameron's English Problem; UK Independence Party Poised to Win Parliamentary Seat; Ed Miliband's Labour Shortage; Ed Miliband--British Labour Party Leader Denies Rumbling of Discontent

Chapter Two: Industrial Democracies: Q&A and Key Terms

Chapter Four: Great Britain: Q&A , Post War Prime Ministers, Structure of Government, Key Terms, 8 Questions about Scottish Independence

Powerpoints: Industrial Democracies, The United Kingdom, Introduction to the UK, Why Study Britain?, and UK overview

Summary Notes: Great Britain; Historical Turning Points; Political Turning Points; and Key Terms relating to the European Union

Videos: David Cameron; Gordon Brown; The Blair Decade; Margaret Thatcher: The Iron Lady;

Handout: Comparing Parliament with the US Congress; Parliament vs. New York State Legislature; Trends in Policy Development; A Dignified And Efficient System

Audioclips: Tony Blair's Legacy as PM (May 2007); Labour Party's Losses in May 2008 Elections

Links: BBC Profile of United Kingdom, NYT articles re: United Kingdom, Washington Post Profile re: Great Britain, Factbook on United Kingdom. UK Government, Parliament Home Page, 10 Downing Street, British Politics Page, British Politics Group, Economist Country Briefing: Britain; English Bill of Rights; Labour Party; Conservative Party; Liberal Democratic Party; History of the UK Parliament



Discussion Articles: 19 Things I Learned in Nigeria; Nigeria Tested by Rapid Rise in Population; Oil giant that runs on grease of politics---Nigeria is rich but almost none of it flows to the people; What's Next for Nigeria? Sure, the elections were rigged, but the economic future is relatively rosy; Analysis and Profile: Jonathan makes his mark on Nigeria; Umaru Yar'Adua: President of Nigeria Whose Plans for Reforms were Hindered by Worsening Health; Profile: Olusegun Obasanjo; Corruption in Nigeria Not Just Boko Haram Is At the Root of Violence

Chapter Fifteen: Nigeria: Key Terms; Major Events and Turning Points

Summary Notes: Nigeria; Leaders of Modern Nigeria Timeline; BBC Timeline of Nigeria;

Powerpoints: Introduction to Nigeria; A Study in Contrasts; Nigeria; and Overview of Nigeria

Overview: Nigeria: The Commanding Heights

Video: Sweet Crude; Who Controls Nigeria?; Nigeria in Focus: Goodluck Jonathan; A History of Nigeria

Links: BBC Profile of Nigeria, NYT articles re: Nigeria, Washington Post Profile re: Nigeria, Factbook on Nigeria. Economist Country Briefing: Nigeria;

Audioclips: Conflict in the oil rich Niger Delta (May 2008); Ed Kashi and George Caffentzis discuss the conflict over oil in Nigeria (Nov 2008); Sandy Cioffi discusses oil and Nigeria (August 2009)


Discussion Articles: An Interview with President Enrique Pena Nieto; Crime Rocks Mexico Despite Government Claims of Progress; Mexican Leader Facing Protests, Promises to Overhaul Policing; Mexico: Democracy and the Future; The Mexican Evolution; Output Falling in Oil Rich Mexico and Politics Gets the Blame; Past Wrongs, Future Rights

Chapter Sixteen: Mexico: Q&A, Structure of the Government, and Key Terms

Summary Notes: Mexico, Turning Points, and Key Events

Powerpoints: Chapter 16, Mexico Notes, Mexico Lecture and Mexico

Video/mp3: PBS News Hour clip re: Mexican Presidential Inauguration December 1, 2006; Mexico: The Commanding Heights

Links: BBC Profile of Mexico, NYT articles re: Mexico, Washington Post Profile re: Mexico, Factbook on Mexico. Economist Country Briefing: Mexico

Audioclips: Mexican Presidential Election is Contested (Dec 2006); Former president Vicente Fox discusses his book "Revolution of Hope: The Life, Faith and Dreams of a Mexican President" (Oct 2007); Kevin Gallagher discusses Mexican politics and its economy (Nov 2007); Guy Lawson discusses Mexico as a Narco State (April 2009);

Audio/mp3: C-SPAN interview of Arturo Valenzuela discussing the Inauguration of President Felipe Calderon


Discussion Articles: US and Iran Are Aligned in Iraq Against Islamic State, For Now; Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei Still Hates the Great Satan; How Iran's Leader Keeps the West Off Balance; Dangerous Liason: Mahmood Ahmadinejad Courts Iraq; Iran's Clerical Old Guard Being Pushed Aside; Oil Cash May Prove a Shaky Crutch for Iran; Survey Says Iranians Favor Free Election of Their Top Leader; With Iran Obama Can End America's Long War for the Middle East; Did Iran Murder Argentina’s Crusading Prosecutor Alberto Nisman?

Chapter Thirteen: Iran: Q&A; Modern Timeline; Distribution of Powers in Government, and Key Terms

Summary Notes: Iran, Elements of Iran's Government, Political Turning Points, and The Islamic Regime

Powerpoints: Chapter Thirteen and Iran

Videos: Rick Steves Visits Iran; The Last Shah; The Man Who Changed the World; The Pariah State; Nuclear Confrontation

Audio: Chapters 19, 20 & 21 from The Persian Night: Iran Under the Khomeinist Revolution

Links: BBC Profile of Iran, NYT articles re: Iran, Washington Post Profile re: Iran, Factbook on Iran, Economist Country Briefing: Iran; Who Runs Iran

Audioclips: Hamid Dabashi discussing Iranian Politics (April 2007); Ervand Abrahamian interview (Sept 2007); Reese Erlich discusses his book "The Iran Agenda: The Real Story of U.S. Policy and the Middle East Crisis;" Conservatives Win in Parliamentary Elections (May 2008); Karim Sadjadpour discusses his book "Reading Khamenei" (July 2008); Robert Baer discusses Iran's influence in the Persian Gulf (Sept 2008); Rick Steves at the Commonwealth Club describing his trip to Iran (Jan 2009); Kenneth Ballen discusses upcoming Iranian elections (June 2009); Reese Erlich discusses the Iranian Elections (July 2009); Ervand Abrahamian discusses the Iranian Election (July 2009)

Audio/mp3: CSPAN's After Words with Barbara Slavin discusses her book "Bitter Friends, Bosum Enemies: Iran, the U.S., and the Twisted Path to Confrontation"

Audio/mp3: BookTV Panel Discussion featuring Robert Baer, Keith Crane and Ali Nader: Iran--Another Intelligence Failure in the Making?

Audio/mp3: BookTV program featuring Gholam Reza Afkhami describing his book "The Life and Times of the Shah"

Audio/mp3): BookNotes Interview Robin Wright's "In the Name of God: The Khomeini Decade"

Video: The Iranian Electoral System


Discussion Articles: Russia: What You Didn't Know You Don't Know; Remember Russia--It's Still Doomed; Wrong on Russia; Perestroika Lost; Who's for Seconds?; Weakness in the Midst of Strength; Letter from Moscow--Watching the Eclipse; Meanwhile in Russia Putin Passes Laws Against Protests; The Truth About Putin and Medvedev; Who Owns Russia?; Putin Critic Boris Nemtsov Killed in Moscow; Two Suspects Held Over Murder of Kremlin Critic Nemtsov; Opposition Battles Repression in Russia; Can An Oligarch Persuade Russia That Putin Must Go?; Why It's Impossible for the Kremlin to Lie About Putin's Weird Disappearance

Chapter Eight: Communist Regimes: Q&A and Key Terms

Chapter Nine: Russia: Q&A, pt 1, Q&A pt 2, Q&A pt 3 and Key Terms

Summary Notes: Russia; Historical Turning Points; Modern Timeline; Biographical Profiles and Political Turning Points

Powerpoints: Chapter Eight and Chapter Nine

Videos: Vladimir Putin; Boris Yeltsin; Mikhail Gorbachev; Leonid Brezhnev; Nikita Khrushchev; Joseph Stalin; Vladimir Lenin; Frontline: Putin's Way; The Putin System

Audio: Perspectives--Joseph Stalin and Nikita Khrushchev

Audio: mp3: Marshall Goldman discusses his book "Petrostate: Putin, Power and the New Russia"

Audio: mp3pt1 // mp3pt2: Stephen Colton discusses his book "Yeltsin: A Life"

Audioclips: Boris Yeltsin's Legacy (April 2007); Anatol Lieven interview (June 2007); Lilia Shevtsova Q&A about Yeltsin and Putin Legacy (Nov 2007); Peter Lavelle discussing Russian politics (Dec 2007); PBS NewsHour discussion of Russia-Georgia conflict (Aug 2008); Eric Margolis discussing Russia-Georgia conflict (Aug2008); Margaret Warner discusses Russia today (July 2009); Archie Brown discusses the end of Soviet communism (Nov 2009); Dmitry Orlov discusses the collapse of the Soviet Union (March 2010); Karen Dawisha discusses her book "Putin's Kleptocracy--Who Owns Russia?"

Links: BBC Profile of Russia, NYT articles re: Russia, Washington Post Profile re: Russia, Factbook on Russia, Economist Country Briefing: Russia


Discussion Articles: U.S. could learn much from the Chinese educational system; China's Neoliberal Dynasty; A Long Wait at the Gate to Greatness; Little leaps forward?; Born Red--How Xi Jinping, an unremarkable provincial administrator, became China’s most authoritarian leader since Mao; Prominent China Scholar Says the Communist Party is Near Death; Why David Shambaugh's Coming Chinese Crackup Case is Wrong; China Moves to Reinforce Rule of Law; The End of Reform in China

Powerpoint: Chapter Ten

Videos: China: A Century of Revolution--China in Revolution 1911-1949; China: A Century of Revolution--The Mao Years 1949-1976; China: A Century of Revolution--Born Under the Red Flag 1976-1997; China From the Inside--Power and the People; China From the Inside--Women and the Country; China From the Inside--Shifting Nature; China From the Inside--Freedom & Justice; People's Republic of Capitalism

Audio: mp3: Diane Wei Liang discusses her book "The Lake with No Name: A True Story of Love and Conflict in Modern China"

Audio: mp3: Philip Short discusses his book "Mao: A Life"

Audio: mp3: Roderick MacFarquhar discusses his book "Mao's Last Revolution"

Chapter Ten: China: Q&A pt 1, Q&A pt 2, Q&A pt 3, Modern China Summary, and Key Terms

Summary Notes: China; Historical Turning Points; Political Turning Points; Key Definitions; Leadership Timeline and Leadership Profiles

Audioclips: James Kynge discusses his book "China Shakes the World"(October 2006); Evan Osnos discusses his experience as a journalist in China (June 2007); Eric Margolis discusses China's relationship with Tibet (March 2008); Naomi Klein discusses China's emerging police state (July 2008); Minky Worden discusses human rights and the Olympic Games in China (July 2008); John Kamm discusses how Tiananmen changed China (June 2009); Evan Osnos discusses his experience as a journalist in China (June 2009); Martin Jacques discusses his book "When China Rules the World"(November 2009); Ann Tomkins and Robert Weil defend the Cultural Revolution (November 2009);

Links: BBC Profile of China, NYT articles re: China, Washington Post Profile re: China, Factbook on China, Economist Country Briefing: China


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