Comparative Politics


PP350: Theories & Issues in Comparative Politics (Ha)
This course examines the evolution, approaches, methods, and substance of the sub-discipline of comparative politics.

PP351: Comparative Institutional Analysis (Ha/Rogers)
This course is an introduction to modern methods of analyzing major institutional structures. Our focus will be on understanding how different political institutions produce different political outcomes.

PP352: Comparatve Political Economy (Ha)

PP353: Comparative Parties & Elections (Rogers)

PP354: The Politics of Developing Countries (Rogers)

PP357: Political Development (Staff)

PP358: States and Policy in the First World (Staff)
This course focuses on the ways in which advanced industrial societies attempt to influence economic production and distribution through the political process. Among the topics considered are the effects of welfare policies on economic efficiency, regional and industrial policies, and trade policy. Our concern is to understand how the domestic political process shapes economic policy.

PP359: Political Economy of Power in the Third World (Staff)
This course involves an examination of the struggle for and use of political power in countries of Asia, Africa, and Latin American from a radical political economy perspective.

PP360: Democracy and Democratization (Staff)
This course examines the prospects for new and would-be democracies around the world by examining such issues as the social and economic prerequisites of democracy, the extent to which competitive elections may hold elite accountable to public opinion, and the implications of the spread of democracy for the international system. The emphasis will be on defining the core elements of political democracy, while stressing the diversity of democratic practices around the globe.

PP361: Political Economy of the Middle East (Staff)
This course examines the political economy of the Middle East by looking at the reciprocal triangular relationships among: (1) the state apparatus and policy, (2) economic growth and the structural transformation that follows from it, and (3) social classes, groups of people who share certain attributes of ownership and engage in particular types of economic activity.

PP364: Democracy & Development (Rogers)

PP366: Latin America Politics (Rogers)

PP 369: Special Topics in Comparative Politics (Staff)

PP371: Globalization & Diversity (Ha)
This course examines the extent that advanced industrial democracies have retained distinctive political and economic features in the face of pressures from regional integration processes and "globalizing" capital. The class will be conducted as a true seminar, allowing for close readings of major arguments about the changing nature of global capitalism and global politics.

PP372: Political Restructuring in the Third World (Staff)
This course studies major trends in the politics of Asian, African, and Latin American countries, including the problems of promoting development, the processes of transiting between democratic and authoritarian systems, and the trends toward greater inequality and reduced sovereignty.

PP373: The Domestic Politics of Foreign Economic Policy (Staff)
This course explores the interaction between the international political economy and comparative politics. We will focus on understanding the domestic politics of trade and financial policies in different countries and periods.

PP374: The European Union and the Atlantic Alliance (Andrews)
This seminar will examine the relationship between the United States and its transatlantic partners.  Can the political institutions of the transatlantic alliance endure the demise of the Soviet enemy?  Did the Iraq crisis of 2002-3 signal the demise of the Atlantic partnership?  If so, what are the likely consequences?  Students in the seminar will tackle these questions, taking the crisis over Iraq as the starting point for an examination of transatlantic relations and specifically the Atlantic alliance.  Our examination will be cross-national in scope and multi-disciplinary in approach.  We will look at the history of the Alliance, analyze its current state and assess its prospects.  That assessment will address policy initiatives emerging from both sides of the Atlantic, but especially from within the European Union.

PP375: Politics of Africa (Staff)
This course focuses upon basic themes of politics in African countries, including the struggles over development, democracy, the maintenance of governmental authority, and controlling the impact of external forces.

PP377: Politics of Latin America (Staff)
This course will explore the determinants of the region's economic and political development since its independence. We will analyze competing interpretations of Latin American development, survey the regional economic history and participate in some of the most important debates about its political economy. These debates include the politics of public spending and macroeconomic policy, the determinants of stabilization, trade reform, and the transition from authoritarianism to democracy.

PP380: Clinic/Workshop in Applied Problems in Comparative Politics (Staff)


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