Markets and Democracy in Latin America

Explores the interaction between markets and democracy in Latin America in relationship to broader theoretical and substantive debates in the field of comparative politics. Addresses competing theoretical perspectives on the interaction between markets and democratic institutions; focuses upon issues of regime change and consolidation with emphasis on the political economy of democratic transitions and institutional change; and examines the politics of market-oriented reform in the new international context of regional development with emphasis on policy formation in Latin America.

Comparative Party Politics

The concepts, models, and theories employed in the study of political parties in various competitive democracies. Focus on advanced industrial democracies where there is a rich empirically oriented literature on this topic. The resurgence of democracy in developing areas and the role of party competition and democracies in these regions of the world. One course / 3 units.

Gender, Identity, and Public Policy

The role of women and women's organizations as advocates for, and targets of, public policymaking. The grounding of women's collective action claims in understandings of women's "sameness as" and "difference from" men, and the implications of those frames for women's citizenship. Gender differences in individual civic engagement and in the styles and priorities of male and female elected officials. The historic evolution of women's organizational engagement in gender-specific and general-purpose public policies. The impact of globalization on women.

Democratic Institutions

How constitution makers choose basic rules of the democratic game, such as the relations between legislatures and executives, the role of parties, electoral system, prerogatives of constitutional courts, and other important elements of democratic institutional design; the impact of such arrangements on various groups within the state, and the overall performance of democracies; durability of arrangements, the structuring of power relations among parties, and whether democratic institutions affect economic and social policy outcomes. One course / 3 units.

Public Opinion and Behavior

Several facets of the political behavior of mass actors in American politics. Likely topics include the factors that cause the type and amount of individual participation, mobilization by elites, ideology and information, partisanship, partisan stability and change, socialization, macro-level change, negative advertising, economic voting, issue evolution, and the effects of institutional changes (especially election rules) on voter turnout. Consent of Instructor required. One course / 3 units.

Understanding Ethical Crisis in Organizations

This course examines the causes and consequences of ethical crisis across business, military, higher education and religious institutions. Emphasis is on identifying why certain organizations are more prone to ethical problems and certain organizations better able to manage them. A core goal is to develop real-world solutions to ethical challenges organizations face in contemporary societies worldwide. One course / 3 units.


Course originates in Study of Ethics.

Capstone Seminar: Latin American Left Turns: A New Politics for the 21st Century?

Examination of issues surrounding the upsurge of leftist governments elected by the popular vote in the wake of the perceived failures of neoliberalism and the Washington consensus of 1989. Looks at ways Washington has had to come to terms with an unexpected revival on the left that threatens U.S. hegemony while offering an alternative path to achieve national development, distribution of wealth, and recognition of diversity and pluralism.