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POL 586: Regime Politics: Democracy and Authoritarianism

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The twentieth century witnessed dramatic swings in regime change including the collapse of European democracies in the interwar period; the turn to military rule in Latin America in the 1960s and 1970s; and the subsequent wave of democratization in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s in many parts of the world, with the striking exception of the Middle East. This course analyzes competing theoretical approaches to regime politics. Structural, agency, and cultural theories will be evaluated against processes of regime change in Western and Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Africa. The course ends... Read more about POL 586: Regime Politics: Democracy and Authoritarianism

WWS 527d/POL 524 Ethnic Politics and Citizenship

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Ethnicity and citizenship are commonly discussed as both sources of pride and of conflict. This course explores the intersection of ethnic politics and citizenship. It analyzes the different ways in which states have granted citizenship, catalogued membership, and structured social relations along ethno-national lines. Moreover, it compares state efforts to prevent or accommodate ethnic conflict through various institutional and policy reforms, including federalism, affirmative action, and autonomy arrangements.

WWS 561/POL 523 Comparative Political Economy of Development

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This is a graduate-level course on the comparative political economy of development. The class is organized around three main questions:

Part I: Concepts: What is Development?
Part II: What are Classic Questions/Prevailing Arguments about Development?
Part III:  What are Some of the Contemporary Challenges for Development?

POL 367: Comparative Politics of Latin America

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Latin America has experienced dramatic political and economic changes over the past 50 years. Politically, it has witnessed swings between democratic and military rule. Economically, it has moved from state-led market-driven development policies. Socially, it has evolved from a society with strong and powerful labor unions and even revolutonary movements, to one in which tradtional social movements have lost much of their momentum but ethic movements have become increasingly consequential. This course will analyze and explain these political, economic, and social developments by focusing...

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