The Study of International Relations and Political Science V: Comparative Politics
SP023 | Spring | 6ECTS
This course provides a survey of major topics in comparative politics. The course will cover some of the major theoretical and conceptual building blocks in the comparative politics sub-field including: Methods for Comparative Research; States and Nations; Political Development and Modernisation; Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Citizenship; Violence, Rebellion and Revolution; Political Culture and Political Attitudes; Institutions and Institutional Analysis; Participation, Collective Action, Interests, and Interest-Intermediation; Political Parties, Voters, and Electoral Alignments; States, Markets, and Development; Political Regimes and Democratisation. The course will proceed thematically, with key methodological issues addressed in the context of our weekly discussions. As a final component of the course, we shall read texts, based on in-depth interviews of some of the most influential scholars of comparative politics.