Democracy, Development, and Violence: Introduction to Comparative Politics
Same as POLSCI 117 except instruction is provided in two lectures and one small discussion meeting each week. Analysis of creation and break down of political order. Exploration of why some societies establish democratic political orders but others dictatorial rule; how democracies and dictatorships work; impact of political regimes and institutions on economic growth, development, poverty, and inequality; civil wars and revolutions. Goal is to understand how political regimes and economic development shape the dynamics of collective violence and how political orders collapse. Examples drawn from contemporary world history and current world affairs, including advanced capitalist democracies and low- and middle-income countries. One course.