After successful completion of the course the students will be able to understand key questions of comparative statics and comparative dynamics of modern political and social processes. Students will learn how to assess conceptualization and operationalization of these processes, their origins and impact, as well as to evaluate the epistemological questions related to their understanding.
2. Comparative method and comparative politics,
3. Long-term development I (modernization, geography, natural resources)
4. Long-term development II (institutions, demography, infrastructure)
5. Origins of nations and states
6. Governance, state capacity and political institutions
7. Types of political regimes
8. Mid-term exam
9. Institutions of the modern state I (parliaments, cabinets,executive-legislative relations)
10. Institutions of the modern state II (courts and bureaucracies)
11. Democratic competition and political representation
12. Organized interests and political participation
13. Political culture
The Oxford handbook of comparative politics. Edited by Carles Boix - Susan Carol Stokes. 1st pub. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007. xi, 1021. ISBN 9780199566020. info
INGLEHART, Ronald and Christian WELZEL. Modernization, cultural change, and democracy : the human development sequence. New York NY: Cambridge University Press, 2005. x, 333. ISBN 0521609712. info
Democracy, accountability, and representation. Edited by Adam Przeworski - Susan Carol Stokes - Bernard Manin. 1st pub. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999. ix, 351. ISBN 0521646162. info
The course consists of lectures and class discussions.
Three in-class written tests, five position papers.
Language of instruction
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