STM103 - Class notes
 
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DPI-415

Class Notes - Spring 2010

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Class

Date

Topic

Due dates (i)

 

 

INTRODUCTION

 

1

M 25 Jan

Overview:  Roadmap of the class

 

2

W 27 Jan

What is comparative politics?

 

3

M 1 Feb

Comparative methods: case studies & large-N analysis

Download readings by Munck_Snyder and byMahoney (instead of Caramani)

 

 

 

STATES AND REGIMES

 

4

W 3 Feb

The nation state

 

5

M 8 Feb

Regimes: Varieties of democracy

 

6

W 10 Feb

Regimes: Varieties of autocracyLeDuc reading

 

7

W 17 Feb

Case-study discussions:  South Africa, Nigeria, and Iran

 

 

 

INSTITUTIONS

 

8

M 22 Feb

Institutions: Constitutions: Prof Toft Visiting Speaker

 

9

W 24 Feb

Institutions: Electoral systems

Report 1

10

M 1 Mar

Institutions: Executives & bureaucracies

 

11

W 3 Mar

Institutions: Legislatures

 

12

M 8 Mar

Institutions: Federalism and decentralization

 

13

W 10 Mar

Case-study discussions: UK, US, France and Germany

 

 

 

ACTORS

 

14

M 22 Mar

Political parties & party systems

 

15

M 24 Mar

Interest groups & social movements

 

16

M 5 Apr

Political culture

Report 2

17

W 7 Apr

Political activism

 

18

M 12 Apr

Political communication

 

19

W 14 Apr

Case-study discussions: Mexico and Brazil

 

 

 

POLICIES

 

20

M 18 Apr

Policymaking processes

 

21

W 21 Apr

Governance performance: Economic performance & welfare states

 

22

M 26 Apr

Case-study discussions: India and China

 

23

W 28 Apr

Conclusion & wrap up

 Report 3

 

 
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