POLSCI 337 - Comparative Constitutional Design
Section: 001
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
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Advisory Prerequisites:
One course in Political Science.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This class examines the politics of constitution writing and amendment. We will focus in particular on three institutional arrangements: the powers of the executive vs. legislature, the electoral system, and federalism. When countries democratize, how much do constitution-writers anticipate the expected effects of different institutional forms? Under what conditions are they more likely to specify those institutions in detail? How much does self-interest matter, as opposed to cultural beliefs or international precedence?

POLSCI 337 - Comparative Constitutional Design
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001 (REC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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ISBN: 9780521731324
The endurance of national constitutions, Author: Zachary Elkins, Tom Ginsburg, James Melton., Publisher: Cambridge University Press 2009
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780300078930
Patterns of democracy : government forms and performance in thirty-six countries, Author: Arend Lijphart, Publisher: Yale Univ. Press 1999
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780679781219
Original meanings : politics and ideas in the making of the Constitution, Author: Jack N. Rakove., Publisher: Vintage 1. Vintage 1997
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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