Course Info

Acorn Outline effective fall 2014 [Course Description pages 17-19]

  1. Introduction to Comparative Politics (5%)
    1. Purpose and methods of comparison and classification
    2. Concepts (state, nation, regime, government)
    3. Process and policy (what is politics; purpose of government; what is political science/comparative; common policy challenges)
  1. Sovereignty, Authority, and Power (20%)
    1. Political culture, communication, and socialization
    2. Nations and states
    3. Supranational governance (e.g., European Union)
    4. Sources of power
    5. Constitutions (forms, purposes, application)
    6. Regime types
    7. Types of economic systems
    8. State building, legitimacy, and stability
    9. Belief systems as sources of legitimacy
    10. Governance and accountability
  1. Political Institutions (35%)
    1. Levels of government
    2. Executives (head of state, head of government, cabinets)
    3. Legislatures
    4. Parliamentary and presidential systems
    5. Elections
    6. Electoral systems
    7. Political parties (organization, membership, institutionalization, ideological position)
    8. Party systems
    9. Leadership and elite recruitment
    10. Interest groups and interest group systems
    11. Bureaucracies
    12. Military and other coercive institutions
    13. Judiciaries
  1. Citizens, Society, and the State (15%)
    1. Cleavages and politics (ethnic, racial, class, gender, religious, regional)
    2. Civil society
    3. Media roles
    4. Political participation (forms/modes/trends) including political violence
    5. Social movements
    6. Citizenship and social representation
  1. Political and Economic Change (15%)
    1. Revolution, coups, and war
    2. Trends and types of political change (including democratization)
    3. Trends and types of economic change (including privatization)
    4. Relationship between political and economic change
    5. Globalization and fragmentation: interlinked economies, global culture, reactions against globalization, regionalism
    6. Approaches to development
  1. Public Policy (10%)
    1. Common policy issues
    2. Factors influencing public policymaking and implementation

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Course Info

Current Elections – 2013    2014    2015    2016    2o17

  • China – 2018 (President)
  • Iran – June 14, 2013 (President)
  • Mexico – June 7, 2015 (Congress)
  • Nigeria -March 28, 2015 (President and National Assembly)  [postponed from earlier]
  • Russia – 2012 next 2018 (President)
  • UK – May 7, 2015 (Parliament) Six Trends [The Guardian]
  • US – November 2016 (Presidency)

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