Examines political and economic change in Europe focusing primarily on England, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Scandinavia, Spain, and the European Union with some focus on eastern Europe. Topics include the rise of modern states, industrialization, revolutions, democratization, the rise of fascism, the European Union, the politics of the post communist transitions, and contemporary far-right anti-immigrant populist parties. The course analyzes these phenomena from a variety of different theoretical perspectives, including economic, institutionalist, and leadership-centered approaches.
This course introduces students to major concepts and theories in comparative politics, as well as the basic tools of comparative analysis. It examines competing theoretical approaches (modernization, Marxist, cultural, institutionalist, and agency-centered) to four major phenomena in world politics: economic development, democratization, revolution, and ethnic conflict. It also explores debates about the role of political institutions, civil society, and the state in shaping political outcomes.
This one-semester course is designed to provide all Government Department concentrators with a unified and challenging intellectual experience in the study of politics. The course covers a selection of topics on the theme of democracy and draws on materials ranging from classics in political theory to cutting-edge research in the discipline today.
An examination of politics in the Russian Federation since the collapse of Soviet communism, focusing on the factors promoting and impeding the development of a stable democratic regime. Topics include the general dynamics of political and economic transformation, leadership, institution building, political culture, regionalism and federalism, electoral and party politics, state-society relations and interest groups, and Russian nationalism and neo-imperialism.
How are democracies created and why do they collapse? What causes revolution? What were the consequences of the Industrial Revolution? What roles do ideas, institutions and interests play in processes of political change? This course examines the long-term historical developments behind the creation of modern politics. Focusing on Britain, France, Germany and Italy from the 1600s to the 2000s, it explores the lessons Europe offers for the development of democracy.