PSCI 352
Comparative Political Economy Fall 2009
Division II
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This tutorial provides an introduction to comparative political economy by focusing on an enduring puzzle: the spread of capitalism led to both transitions to democracy and dictatorship/authoritarianism. How is it that the expansion of markets led to the birth of democracy in some countries, but dictatorships in others? What, if any, is the relationship between economic development and the organization of power (regime type)? Does economic development lead to the spread of democracy? Or is economic crisis the key to understanding the conditions under which dictatorships fall? To answer these questions we read works by Moore, Lipset, Schumpeter, Przeworski, Rueschemeyer et al., Haggard & Kaufman, among others.
The Class: Format: tutorial
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 1202
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: five 5- to 6-page lead essays, five 1- to 2-page response papers, one 10- to 12-page revised lead essay
Prerequisites: one of the following: Political Science 201, 202, 203, 204, 229, 250, 254, 256, 333 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Political Science and Political Economy majors
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: POEC Comparative POEC/Public Policy Courses
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