Description du contenu de l'enseignement :
What is Comparative Politics? Theory and method
- Is a science of comparative politics possible?
- What are the main criteria recommended in selecting cases and why?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of the ‘most similar’ and the ‘most different’ research designs?
States and regimes
- Is nationalism eroding due to globalization – or strengthening? Do nations create states – or vice versa?
- Is there a universal meaning to the concept of democracy or are understandings relativistic?
- What are the pros and cons of dichotomous or continuous regime classifications?
- Is there a single best set of democratic institutions?
- What are the key contrasts between ‘consensus’ or ‘majoritarian’ democracies; compare and contrast two developing countries exemplifying each type.
- Do we know enough about the impact of political institutions to engage in successful ‘constitutional engineering’? Compare the outcome of constitutional peace settlements in two societies to consider these issues.
- Is mass support for democracy eroding?
- Does social trust matter for democratic governance? Explain why and why not.
- What measures of citizen engagement are available in social surveys and what aspects of contemporary activism are lacking?
Policies and policy-making
- How far can and do countries learn about public policy options from each other?
- Do democracies outperform autocracies in terms of social equality, human development, and the delivery of welfare services?
Transition and change
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