This course seeks to explain why some countries are democratic and others are not. It examines the emergence of liberal democracy in the West, its collapse in Europe in the 1930s and Latin America in the 1960s and 70s, and the extraordinary wave of democratization that began in late 20th Century. It examines successful and failed democratization efforts in Latin America, East Asia, Africa, Southern and Central Europe, and the former Soviet Union. At the same time, it asks why regimes in the Middle East, China, and elsewhere remain authoritarian, and it... Read more about Gov 1290: Comparative Democratization
Provides an introduction to key concepts and theoretical approaches in comparative politics. Major themes include the causes of democratization, economic development, ethnic conflict, and social revolutions; as well as the role of the state, political institutions, and civil society. Examines and critically evaluates different theoretical approaches to politics including modernization, Marxist, cultural, institutionalist, and leadership-centered approaches. Compares cases from Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East and Latin America to provide students with grounding in the basic tools of... Read more about GOV 20: Foundations of Comparative Politics
Examines dynamics of political and economic changes in modern Latin America, focusing on Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Mexico and Venezuela. Topics include the rise of populism and import-substituting industrialization, revolutions and revolutionary movements, the causes and consequences of military rule, the politics of economic reform, democratic transitions, and democratic consolidation. The course analyzes these phenomena from a variety of different theoretical perspectives, including cultural, dependency, institutionalist, and leadership-centered approaches.