Rules of Power: How Institutions Shape What Politics Deliver


Same as POLSCI 115 except instruction is provided in two lectures and one small discussion meeting each week. Formation of states out of tribal societies; predatory and self-limiting rules; rule of law; forms of non-democratic political organization: military, personal, single party rule; democracy and transitions to democracy; institutional components of democratic rule: presidential and parliamentary executives; legislatures and their task structures (debate, oversight, law preparation, budgeting); electoral laws and political parties; veto-institutions: judicial control, federal delegation of authority to political subsidiaries; consequences of institutional choice: economic performance, political regime support. One course.

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