20531 - COMPARATIVE POLITICS AND DEMOCRATIC THEORY
CLMG - M - IM - MM - AFC - CLEFIN-FINANCE - CLELI - ACME - DES-ESS - EMIT - GIO
Course taught in English
Go to class group/s: 31
- The state.
- Authoritarian and democratic regimes; regime transitions: coups, democratization.
- Varieties of autocracies.
- Elections and electoral systems.
- Accountability, corruption, clientelism.
- Political representation: left and right, income redistribution, polarization.
- Electoral campaigns, lobbies, interest groups.
- Legislatures, parties, party discipline.
- Presidents, prime ministers, coalitions.
- Federalism and decentralization.
- Non-economic dimensions of conflict in democratic regimes: religion, secularism, and ethnicities.
There are two requirements. The first is a partial in-class exam, covering the first half of the course. The second is a final exam, covering only the second half of the course.
The grade you obtained in the first partial is valid until the exam session in June. For all subsequent exam sessions, you'll have to take the general even if you passed the partial in March.
For non-attending students
(and therefore unable or unwilling to take the partial exam)
The partial and the non-cumulative final exam are replaced by a longer final exam covering the entire course content. Students who have NOT passed the exam yet for the previous year have to prepare the current program.
- W.R. CLARK, M. GOLDER, S.N. GOLDER, Principles of Comparative Politics, CQ Press, 2013, 2nd edition.
- Papers and articles (one or two per week / topic) available on electronic platforms at the start of the semester.
Please notice that the main textbook is not a substitute for the assigned papers and articles. This is particularly true for students who decide not to attend the lectures: the Clark, Golder and Golder text is not sufficient to successfully pass the exam. In any case, attendance is strongly recommended.