POLSCI 387 - Comparative Analysis of Government Institutions
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
Requirements & Distribution:
SS, QR/2
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Two courses in political science or junior standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course addresses the large institutional questions in comparative politics.

This course compares major institutional structures such as presidentialism vs. parliamentarism, unicameralism vs. bicameralism, two vs. multiparty systems, plurality vs. proportional electoral systems etc. The method of analysis is rational choice: We assume that political actors are rational, that each tries to do their best given existing institutional constraints, and the behavior of other actors. We will see that this assumption leads to the conclusion that institutions affect political outcomes in systematic ways. We focus on what political outcomes will be produced by different institutions.

Intended Audience:

Sophomores, juniors, or seniors

Class Format:


POLSCI 387 - Comparative Analysis of Government Institutions
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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