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Roskin, Michael G. Countries and Concepts: Politics, Geography, Culture. Current edition.
Sre, Christian, ed. Annual Editions: Comparative Politics. Current edition.
An additional book on politics in one country; used for the book analysis assignment.
Test 1 15% + 5% OR Test 2 15% + 5% Test 3 (Final Exam) 20% Book Analysis 15% Research Paper 25% Participation 5% TOTAL 100%
HOW WE COMPARE COUNTRIES
Fundamental Concepts in Comparative
-Important terms, themes and theories
-Dissecting political systems
TRADITIONAL SUBJECTS OF COMPARISON
The West: The Democratic, Capitalistic
-Ideal v. real politics
-The growing power of economics in politics
Great Britain: Institutional Design
-Parliamentary democracy in London
-Class and royalty: window-dressing?
Great Britain: Political Behavior
and Pressing Issues
-Terrorism jitters and unease over Iraq
-What comes after Blair?
France: Institutional Design
-Straddling the divide between parliamentary and presidential government
-What is a decentralized unitary system?
France: Political Behavior and Pressing
-Diversity versus identity: the French crisis
-France, the European Union and the U.S.
Germany: Institutional Design
-Up from the ashes of the 3rd Reich
-Political order in a Bundesrepublik
Germany: Political Behavior and Pressing
-Merkel and the grand coalition
-Germany's economy finally on the rebound?
The European Union: One Currency, Many Voices
-The EU constitution: getting everyone on the same page
-Economic integration, political suspicion
-Will the EU expand further east?
Russia: Institutional Design
-It's not the Soviet Union anymore, or is it?
-Putin's non-democratic tendencies
Russia: Political Behavior and Pressing
-Economic crisis, organized crime, and other terrors
-Putin's plan for Russia's rebirth: targets and sacrifices
Japan: Institutional Design
-Democracy in a system dominated by bureaucracy
-Living peacefully with political corruption
Japan: Political Behavior and Pressing
-Embracing Western culture?
-Can economic recovery be sustained?
NEW SUBJECTS OF COMPARISON
The Non-Western World: Challenges
to the West?
-Economic miracles and disasters in Asia
-How nationality, religion, and other cleavages threaten
political and economic systems in Africa and elsewhere
-The CCP's stranglehold
-Look local to find evidence of enlightened policy making
China: Political Behavior and Pressing Issues
-Economic surplus brings trade surplus and energy hunger
-Taiwan, North Korea and the U.S.
Iran: Institutions, Behavior, and
-Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: voice of provocation
-Can theocracy last?
Nigeria: Institutions, Behavior, and Issues
-Ethnic and religious tensions--and oil
-What comes after Obasanjo?
Mexico: Institutions, Behavior, and
-The contested election of 2006
-Where's the NAFTA windfall?
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