Foundations of Comparative Politics

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2017

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.