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Cornell University    
 
    
 
  Nov 23, 2017
 
Courses of Study 2017-2018
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GOVT 1313 - Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics


(SBA-AS)      
Spring, summer. 4 credits. Student option grading.

N. van de Walle.

This course will introduce students to comparative politics—the study of the political institutions, identities, and organized interests in countries around the world. Emphasis is on how to make meaningful comparisons between systems in different countries. Towards that goal, we will be looking at a dozen countries with different histories, political systems, and from various regions around the world.  We will also use a comparative framework to use our knowledge of these (and other) countries to examine questions about democracies and democratization, electoral systems and political parties, authoritarian regimes, political mobilization and change, economic development and globalization, nationalism and identity politics, among other topics.  The meta theme of this course is the comparative method as a unique way of leveraging our understanding about social and political phenomena. (CP)



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