Classes

WWS 501: The Politics of Public Policy

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

This course provides MPA students with foundational skills in two critical and related areas: (1) analyzing how political considerations affect policy choices; and (2) writing about policy issues for political audiences. The first half of the course presents a series of conceptual frameworks, looking at how public institutions respond to interest groups, issues of identity, and the role of public opinion. These topics will largely, though not entirely, be examined through a U.S. lens. The second half of the course broadens the scope to a global...

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POL 538: Comparative Political Behavior

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2019
Seminar examines mass political behavior from a comparative perspective and attempts to explain how people become involved in politics, how they form political opinions, and how their behavior influences political outcomes. Seminar covers a range of behaviors, including learning about politics, information processing, political participation, and voter decision-making. For each of these behaviors, two questions are posed: What are the causes and consequences of the behavior? To what extent and how do these causes and consequences depend on institutional or cultural/ historical settings?

WWS403: Democratic Backsliding

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2018

After a long period of democratic expansion in much of the developing world, in recent years political observers have increasingly started to worry about democratic backsliding. While this trend started over a decade ago in places like Russia or Turkey, it has recently spread to several new EU members (especially Hungary and Poland). After the surprising success of populist candidates and politicians in recent elections in the US and Western Europe, these concerns now affect even established democracies. How much backsliding has actually happened and how worried should we be about the...

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POL 230/WWS 325: Introduction to Comparative Politics

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2018

This course introduces students to the study of comparative politics, which is defined as the study of domestic politics in both developing and advanced industrial countries. Course topics include the relationship between capitalism, democracy, and economic development; the implications of political institutional choices (such as electoral systems); the politics of ethnic diversity and conflict; and the dynamics of political mobilization (including protest). The course also provides an introduction to the comparative method: using both “classics” and...

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Politics 433 Democratization and Economic Reforms After Communism

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2013

This course focuses on the two most important facets of the post-communist transition in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union: the political transition towards democracy (or new kinds of authoritarianism) and the economic transition towards capitalism. We briefly discuss the pre-communist and communist background, including a quick review of the main institutions of the communist system and of the various theories of the system’s collapse. Next, we provide an overview of the geographic and...

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