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(POL10500) Comparative Politics - Fundamentals (for MSc Preparatory Modules / Fundamental requirements)

Course 0000003402 in WS 2022/3

General Data

Course Type lecture with integrated exercises
Semester Weekly Hours 4 SWS
Organisational Unit Chair of Digital Governance (Prof. Theocharis)
Lecturers Ioannis Theocharis
Anna Wohlmann
Dates Wed, 13:15–14:45, H.004
Thu, 13:15–14:45, H.003

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additional remarks What distinguishes democratic from non-democratic regimes? Why do some countries democratize whereas others do not? Does economic growth bring democracy? Do democracies perform better than non-democratic regimes in the provision of the public good? These are just some of the fundamental questions that the study of comparative politics deals with. The module introduces the fundamentals of comparative analysis of political systems. The first part of the course focuses on the core theoretical and methodological principles of comparative analysis in political science. The second part discusses state-formation and state-building, and analyzes different political system types, their structures and institutions with a focus on democracies and dictatorships. The third part is largely organized around selected institution- and actor-specific topics, such as political parties, interest groups and social movements.
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Equivalent Courses (e. g. in other semesters)

WS 2023/4 (POL10500) Comparative Politics - Fundamentals (for MSc Preparatory Modules / Fundamental requirements) Theocharis, I.
Assistants: Wohlmann, A.
Wed, 11:30–13:00, H.003
Thu, 13:15–14:45, H.004
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