Introduction to Comparative Politics
with Prof. Joshua Tucker (Fall 2018)
with Prof. Joshua Tucker (Fall 2019, Head TA)
with Prof. Joshua Tucker (Fall 2020, Head TA)
This course will introduce students to the study of comparative politics, which is defined as the study of domestic politics anywhere in the world. As a way of cutting into this vast topic, we specifically focus on the process of democratic transition by analyzing the democratic revolution that has swept the globe during the last forty years. In turn we will explore the causes of democratization, threats to democratization, and factors that may aid in a successful consolidation of democracy. As part of this process, students will be exposed to a wide range of topics in comparative politics, including the politics of economic reform, party systems and voting, theories of ethnic politics, and social media and political protest.