Comparative Politics

CAS PO 308 The Politics of Race and Ethnicity
Definitional hypotheses of race and ethnicity based on cultural, sociological, and biological determinants tested against concrete examples of plural societies in Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Correlations between racial/ethnic differentiation and sociopolitical stratification and cleavages examined.

CAS PO 309 Women and Politics-Course counts toward Women’s Studies minor credit
Readings, discussion, and field research on issues of women’s relationship to the processes of political influence, change, and empowerment. Analysis of public policy related to women and children. (Meets with CAS WS 350).

CAS PO 310 American Politics in Comparative Perspective
Prereq: CAS PO 111 and CAS PO 151.  Comparative approach to the study of American politics, examining such traditional topics as parties, interest groups, and legislatures in the context of other rich democracies.  To what extent is America different, and why?

CAS PO 324 Comparative Public Policy
Prereq: CAS PO 141 or consent of instructor. Comparative study of the public policies of advanced industrialized socieities in such areas as health training, unemployment, poverty, and budget. Explores why countries develop different solutions to policy needs, and evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of various national approaches.

CAS PO 325 Campaigns and Elections Around the World
Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS PO 151; or consent of instructor. Meets with CAS IR 302. Electoral campaigns in Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Changes in campaigns over time; role of international political consultants; influence of party systems, electoral systems, campaign finance regulation, vote buying, and mass media; campaign effects on voting behavior and public opinion.

CAS PO 328 North-South Relations
Recommended: EC 101 and EC 102 . Employs a multidisciplinary approach to analyze the relations between the industrialized nations of the “North” and the developing nations of the “South.” Addresses historical and current issues in North-South relations, including trade, investments, migration, regional economic integration, and the environment. (Meets with CAS IR 395).

CAS PO 329 International Political Economy
Prereq: CAS EC 101 and EC 102. Emphasizes the dynamic interaction between politics and economics to understand and explain historical and contemporary issues in international political economy, including international monetary, trade, investment, financial, and environmental relations. Considers emerging challenges and structures in the international political economy. (Meets with CAS IR 390).

CAS PO 332 Global Justice
Charts the historical course of human development and inquires why the quality of life varies so  dramatically in the world today. Geographic, economic, and political factors are explored.

CAS PO 341 European Politics
Comparative study of politics in member states of the European Union, with emphasis on political development, institutions, major issues in contemporary politics, and the impact of European integration. Selective references to original and new member states of the EU.

CAS PO 344 Democracy: Origins and Breakdown
How do political scientists explain the emergence of democratic regimes? And what factors explain their breakdown? We look at these questions across a range of countries in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and other regions of the world.

CAS PO 350 The Pacific Challenge
The dynamic growth of the Pacific Rim countries poses an impressive array of challenges for the United States and the world. Analyzes Japanese trade and defense policies; the rise of “mini-dragons” (Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Singapore); and “new mini-dragons” (Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia); “Confucian capitalism”; democratization (and its failure in China); legacies of the Indochina war; etc. (Meets with PO IR 275).

CAS PO 351 China: From Revolution to Reform
Explores the economic, political, and social upheavals that followed the Chinese revolution in 1949 and the cause of subsequent inauguration of reform in the late 1970’s. Analyzes the tensions that brought about the 1989 upheaval in Tiananmen Square, as well as the implications of China’s emergence as an economic power. (Meets with CAS IR 370).

CAS PO 360 Introduction to Latin American Politics and International Relations
Introduction to the patterns and complexities of Latin American politics and foreign policies. Focuses on the distinctive Latin American political experience and alternative explanations for it, including colonization, the international economy, and human and material resource capacity and utilization. Includes an honors section. (Meets with PO IR 367).

CAS PO 368 Introduction to Middle East Politics
Meets with CAS IR 307. Employs social science theories to explain the political development of the Middle East since World War I. Part 1 examines state formation and competing explanations for authoritarianism. Part 2 analyzes social movements ranging from Islamist groups to mass mobilization.

CAS PO 370 Soviet Politics, 1917-1991
Analysis of the structure and functioning of major political institutions-government bureaucracy. Communist party, and others-and polity-society relations during the 74 years of the USSR’s existence. Prime focus is institutional rather than historical and deals with the Soviet political “game” as it was played. (Meets with CAS IR 363).

CAS PO 371 The Politics of Post-Communist Russia
Meets with CAS IR 364. Analysis of the emergent political focus, institutions, and alliances in the post-soviet Russian Federation, against the background of the unresolved economic, ethnic, and social problems that are the USSR’s legacy to the “new Russia”; prospects for stabilization are assessed in the context of the multiple crises facing Russia in the 1990s.

CAS PO 372 Russian and Post-Soviet Foreign Relations
Meets with CAS IR 375. Decisive factors in the foreign relations of Russia and the other former Soviet republics, including historical continuity and change, survival and change of ideology, domestic politics, economic and geographical factors, military and external political considerations. The future of arms control, nuclear weapons, the economy, and relations among the former republics are also examined.

CAS PO 373 African Politics Today
Meets with CAS IR 343. An introduction to the issues dominating African political life today. Core course debates revolve around recent trends in African economic growth, democratic governance, and armed conflict, in addition to several other issues of contemporary concern.

CAS PO 378 International Human Rights: Applying Human Rights in Africa
Meets with CAS IR 352. Studies the growing international influence on politics of human rights principles, documents, and organizations, drawing especially on African cases such as Congo, Zimbabwe, and Sudan. Topics include universality vs. cultural relativism, individual vs. group rights, and issues in human rights enforcement.

PO 524 Democratic Governance
What is good governance, and what are its social and political bases? These questions, at the heart of political science since Aristotle, are addressed empirically, through case studies tracing the performance of democratic nation-states across several policy dimensions.

CAS PO 525 Bureaucracy and Governance: A Comparative Inquiry
Prereq: junior standing or consent of instructor. *(Meets with CAS IR 513.) Bureaucracy is not only credited with underpinning economic development but also blamed for corruption and inefficiency. Exploring both theory and comparative development, this course looks at some of the most basic and important issues informing our understanding of governance.

PO 526 Global Justice
Charts the course of human development over history and inquires why the quality of life varies so dramatically in the world today. Geographic, economic, cultural, and poitical factors are explored.

CAS PO 527 Comparative Political Development
An investigation of contemporary debates on democracy and the state with implications for contemporary American society as well as that of developing nations.

CAS PO 528 Seminar: The Political Economy of Advanced Industrialized Societies
Survey forces contributing to national differences in social and economic policy; identifies current challenges to state sovereignty, such as globaliztion and immigration; and examines how nations from different welfare regimes are coping with these threats to the nation-state.

CAS PO 531 Problems in Comparative Political Analysis
Focuses on the problem of nationalism. Distinguishes between and compares types of nationalism, examines their origins, and analyzes their political, social, and economic implications using as examples England, France, Germany, Russia, and the United States. A particular emphasis is placed on the possible role on national consciousness as a stimulus of radical political change, specifically revolutionary change. Time permitting, the extent to which various nationalisms may be affected by certain economic trends, such as globalization and conditions for the emergence of supra-national identities is also discussed. (Meets with UNI SS 657).

CAS PO 535 European Integration
Meets with CAS IR 550. Explores present, past, and potential future of the European Union. Investigates who is in charge and who matters in policymaking and politics. Examines a wide range of EU policies, including economics, security, and trade, and their impact on EU member-states.

CAS PO 536 Social Europe: Identity, Citizenship, and the Welfare State
Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor. Meets with CAS IR 551. The past, present and future of “social Europe.” Impact of European economic and political integration on national identities, cultures, politics, and citizenship; EU policies affecting these social constructions; and changes over time in the welfare state.

CAS PO 539 Topics in European Politics and Culture
Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing and consent of instructor. Meets with CAS IR 452. Explores European politics through the lens of culture, using materials from literature, film, and the social sciences, including live sessions with European writers/artists. Topic for Spring 2013: Critical Moments and Memory in Europe. Includes the shadows cast by the Holocaust, the Spanish Civil War, the Cold War, and post-Communist transitions, as well as economic dislocations and immigrations.

CAS PO 542 Immigration: Politics and Policy
Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor. Immigration has become a subject of much debate and controversy in democratic polities. This course explores the politics, economics, and social consequences of immigration policies across a number of countries, including European states and the United States.

CAS PO 544 Nordic Europe
Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor. Meets with CAS IR 552. Examines the role of Nordic countries in global politics. Addresses history from Viking Age to modern era, then turns to contemporary issues including relationship with the European Union, security cooperation, influence in international organizations and assistance to the developing world.

CAS PO 548 Political Economy of China
Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
Meets with CAS IR 527. How did China implement economic reform? What were the progresses and limitations? How is China’s political-economic development influencing the global system? Discussions are conducted in a comparative perspective. Countries of reference include Japan and India.

CAS PO 553 Taiwan: Politics and Transformation
Meets with CAS IR 582. Examines Taiwan’s history, economic development, ethnic identity, democratization, and its controversial position in international politics as a key to understanding questions of political economy, democratic transition, and East Asian security.

CAS PO 540 Turkey and the European Union: The History and Contemporary Aspects of Turkey’s European Path
Prerequisite: Junior standing. Examines the relationship between Turkey and the European Union (EU). Interaction of two data sets is considered: key concepts, actors, concerns and issues of European integration; historical and contemporary hallmarks of Turkey’s political, economic, cultural, and military development. (Meets with CAS IR 558).

CAS PO 549 Problems and Issues in Post-Mao China
An in-depth examination of politics in post-Mao China, the course focuses on several critical issues and uses various conceptual frameworkds to try to understand why the reform process broke down and examines prospects for the future. (Meets with CAS IR 585).

CAS PO 550 The State and Public Purpose in Asia
Explores how non-communist Asian governments have attempted to advance public purpose, and how organizational factors in countries’ governments affect their ability to do so. These questions are addressed in a comparative framework, considering both theory and cases. (Meets with CAS IR 520).

CAS PO 551 Politics and Social Change in Postwar Japan
A survey of Japanese political development from 1968 (the Meiji Restoration) to the present, followed by a detailed analysis of the social and economic bases of  Japanese politics, contemporary political institutions and processes, and domestic and foreign  policy issues. (Meets with CAS IR 579).

CAS PO 555 Nationalism in Post-Soviet Eurasia
Nationalism as a force for conflict and integration in the former USSR and the emergent nations of central Eurasia. Origins, characteristics, and interactions of these nations. It is possible to reconcile human rights, national rights, and international peace?

CAS PO 562 Political Economy of Latin America
Prereq: CAS EC 101 and CAS EC 102. Recommended: CAS EC 369. Addresses historical and contemporary issues in Latin American political economy. Uses case studies and cross-regional comparisons to assess competing explanations. Analyzes the current political and economic situation facing Latin America in its quest for economic growth and development. (Meets with CAS IR 590).

CAS PO 563 Political Economy of Mexico and NAFTA
Recommended: EC 101 and EC 102 . Explores the dynamics of Mexico’s political economy and Mexico’s participation in the North American Free Trade Agreement in order to understand the causes and effects of the profound transformation of Mexico in recent years. Addresses challenges that lie ahead. (Meets with CAS IR 575).

CAS PO 564 Latin American Politics
The nature and evolution of politics in the region, with emphasis on 20th century patterns in specific countries. Considers the physical, historical, social and economic constraints which have affected political development and the various explanations available to advance our understanding.

CAS PO 567 Democracy in Latin America and Its Challenges
Provides an overview of democracy’s achievements and challenges in Latin America. Draws comparisons between stable and unstable democracies in the region, and analyzes the reasons for, and implications of, these differences. (Meets with CAS IR 566).

CAS PO 570 Politics and Society in North Africa and the Middle East
An investigation of contemporary North Africa and the Middle East, with emphasis on current socioeconomic and political trends and tensions.

CAS PO 571 Government and Politics of Contemporary Africa
Analysis of independent black Africa; factors of continuity and change in modern Africa, problems of political order, ambiguities of independence. Case studies of individual countries selected for additional emphasis on specific issues and problems of the developing countries.(Meets with CAS IR 534).

CAS PO 572 Political Systems of Southern Africa
Analysis of the balance of political forces in the multiracial societies of southern Africa; emphasis on the problems of governmental stability, the prospects for integration and disintegration, the range of responses to interracial tensions, and the international repercussions.

CAS PO 576 The Foreign Policy of the People’s Republic of China
*(Meets with CAS IR 577.) Explores China’s perception of its role in the world, its evolution from a regional to a world power, and its security and economic relationships within the international system. Relationships with the superpowers, Third World, and world economy, focusing on technology and capital transfers.

PO 584 From Slavery to Freedom: Abolition in Comparative Perspective
How did legalized slavery, a world-wide practice for thousands of years, end? The process of abolition in the Americas, Africa, and elsewhere is examined and compared to the later regulation of forced labor and to contemporary slavery. (Meets with CAS AA 564).

CAS PO 585 Reckoning with the Past: Reparations and Justice in Comparative Perspective
The debate about reparations for slavery and Jim Crow segregation in the United States examined critically as conversation about, and movement for, retrospective justice. Includes discussion of war crimes tribunals and truth commissions. Also offered as CAS AA 559.

GRS PO 750 Political Reform in the Middle East
This seminar analyzes and rethinks Middle East politics. Authoritarian governments rule most of the Middle East, but internal and external pressures for change are mounting. Given the tenuousness of the status quo, political reform will be hard to avoid. (Meets with GRS IR 707).

GRS PO 751 Approaches to the Study of Comparative Politics
Graduate Core Seminar. An intensive reading seminar on the political approaches to the study of comparative politics, student get acquainted with the key epistemological and methodological writings that have formed the basic inquiry known today as comparative politics.

GRS PO 756: The Political Economy of the European Union
Investigates major issues of European economic integration, including the Single Market and European Monetary Union. Explores the theoretical and practical problems of integration. Considers the crisis of the Euro and its consequences for European member-state economies and democracies.

GRS PO 760 Problems and Issues of Contemporary Africa
The range of problems selected for emphasis varies from year to year but has recurrently encompassed such issues as governance, state-society relations, the ambiguities of independence, nation building, and democratization, the role of the military, the incidence of religion and ethnicity, the problematics of grass roots participation, mobilization, class consciousness, civil society, and electoral systems.

GRS PO 768: Contemporary Issues in Latin America
Review and analysis of contemporary developments in Latin America from major print and on-line news sources and journals. Focuses on breaking issues and develops capacity for critical analysis. Required for LASMA students.

GRS PO 785: Comparative Political Economy of China and India
Compares China and India’s economic reform, focusing on their reform policies and government-business relationships. Examines their political development (or lack thereof) during their economic reform. Discusses China and India’s rise and implications for the global system.

GRS PO 951 Directed Study in Comparative Politics