FSS:POLd0106 Comparative Institutions - Course Information
POLd0106 Comparative Political InstitutionsFaculty of Social Studies
- Extent and Intensity
- 0/0/0. 10 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
- doc. Marek Rybář, M.A., Ph.D. (lecturer)
- Guaranteed by
- doc. Marek Rybář, M.A., Ph.D.
Department of Political Science - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Mgr. Lucie Pospíšilová
Supplier department: Department of Political Science - Faculty of Social Studies
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- Course Enrolment Limitations
- The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
- fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
- Security and Strategic Studies (programme FSS, D-POL_) (2)
- Political Science (programme FSS, D-PS_) (2)
- Political Science (Eng.) (programme FSS, D-PL4) (2)
- Political Science (programme FSS, D-PL4) (2)
- Political Science (programme FSS, D-POL_) (2)
- Security and Strategic Studies (programme FSS, D-PS_) (2)
- Course objectives
- The course focuses on the fundamental political institutions of modern democratic states. Its main aim is to familiarize students with cutting-edge research on the development and the consequences of political institutions and to discuss the fundamental normative and empirical regime-alternatives. We will discuss major theoretical frameworks of comparative government, investigate current institutional reforms, and analyze the ways institutions constrain the behavior of, and distribute sources among, various political players.
- Learning outcomes
- Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. compare and evaluate distributional consequences of main political institutions of the democratic state.
2. assess the impact of fundamental normative and empirical regime-alternatives in democratic states.
3. undertake an independent assessment of major theoretical institutional propositions and their revisions in light of empirical data.
- 1. New Institutionalism
- 2. Presidentialism vs. Parliamentarism
- 3. Proportional vs. Majoritarian Vision
- 4. Direct vs. indirect democracy
- 5. Parties and party systems
- 6. Representation and accountability
- 7. Legislatures
- 8. Executives
- 9. State and Interest Groups
- 10. Institutional Performance
- required literature
- Democracy transformed? : expanding political opportunities in advanced industrial democracies. Edited by Bruce E. Cain - Russell J. Dalton - Susan E. Scarrow. New York :.: Oxford University Press, 2003. xviii, 309. ISBN 97801992911649. info
- The new institutional politicsperformance and outcomes. Edited by Jan-Erik Lane - Svante O. Ersson. New York: Routledge, 2000. xiv, 329 p. ISBN 0415183219. info
- recommended literature
- LEVITSKY, Steven and Lucan WAY. Competitive authoritarianism : hybrid regimes after the Cold War. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010. xviii, 517. ISBN 9780521709156. info
- The SAGE handbook of comparative politics. Edited by Todd Landman - Neil Robinson. Los Angeles: SAGE, 2009. xvi, 563. ISBN 9781412919760. info
- LIJPHART, Arend. Patterns of democracy : government forms and performance in thirty-six countries. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999. xiv, 351. ISBN 0300078943. info
- Teaching methods
- seminars, presentations
- Assessment methods
- One in-class presentation (15%)
One book review (15%)
Two position papers (10% each)
Final essay (50%)
- Language of instruction
- Further Comments
- Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: in blocks.