POLSCI 341 - Comparative Politics of Advanced Industrial Democracies
Section: 001
Term: FA 2007
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
Requirements & Distribution:
Enforced Prerequisites:
POLSCI 140 or upperclass standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course examines the politics of developed democracies: i.e., those where day-to-day political struggle occurs within the boundaries defined by broadly unchallenged commitments to relatively free-market capitalism and relatively liberal democracy. (Empirically, today, least ambiguously, "developed democracies" corresponds to the countries of North America, Western Europe, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and perhaps a few others, but the grouping "developed democracies" is a theoretical and not a geographic one.) This is not a course in current or past events in these countries; i.e., it does not seek to provide a political history of these or any one or subset of these countries. Rather, the course analyzes certain systematic regularities or tendencies evidenced in the politics of developed democracies and proceeds by offering, elaborating, and evaluating possible theoretical (social-scientific) explanations for these patterns in developed-democratic politics. The analysis is positive (i.e., non-normative). The focus is on the interactions of interests and interest structures with political institutions in shaping how democracies work (differently) and, ultimately, in shaping important socio-economic policies and outcomes. Specific topics include socio-economic interest structures and democratic politics and stability; the many effects of various electoral systems; the varying structures of parties and party systems and their implications; alternative visions and designs of democratic governance, majoritarian versus proportional, and their consequences for participation, representation, accountability, and mandates; government formation and dissolution; and policy formation and implementation. Course grades will be based upon short-paper writing, a final examination, and participation.

POLSCI 341 - Comparative Politics of Advanced Industrial Democracies
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001 (REC)
17POLSCI 140 or Jr>
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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