INTRO TO COMP POL
INTRO TO COMP POL INTL 3300
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INTL 3300 Introduction to Comparative Politics Summer 2011 Short Session I The University of Georgia Instructor Murat Bayar Section 74357 Email mbayarugaedu Class Time MF 10301245 Of ce Candler Hall B03 Location Park Hall 65 Of ce hours Monday 200300 pm or by appointment Objectives This course serves as an introduction to the sub eld of comparative politics Comparative politics is the systematic study and comparison of world s political systems The substance of the sub eld includes but not limited to state building democratization and political culture Throughout this course we will examine the factors conducive to social political and economic change by comparing historical cases from all over the world Furthermore we will constantly apply our knowledge to new cases especially to the Arab Spring in order to integrate the contemporary events with the various theories discussed Overall this course aims to provide you with a sound understanding of the theories and the methodology of comparative politics Reguirements Your participation grade is based on the quality and quantity of your contribution In addition to contributing from assigned readings you are responsible for following the news that is relevant to our topics Clarification questions although encouraged do not count towards participation Your written assignment is a 1520 page term paper Further instructions about your term paper are provided on eLC Your paper topic is due on June 27 500 pm and term paper is due on July 7 500 pm Please send me your term paper as an email attachment on eLC and leave a hard copy at my of ce A major requirement for this course is that we meet in small groups and discuss your term papers during the semester This tutorial practice involves reading your group members drafts providing constructive criticisms at our meetings and incorporating those contributions into your papers This practice counts towards both your participation and term paper grades The meetings schedule will be announced after your topics are approved There will be three quizzes throughout the semester The quiz dates are June 17 June 24 and July 1 The quizzes and the nal exam will include everything that is discussed in the class Your overall course grade will be calculated as 20 participation 30 quizzes 30 nal exam 20 term paper Grade Scale A 10093 9290 8987 8683 A B B B C 7977 C c D 6960 F Below 60 Required Book The following book is available for purchase at the UGA Bookstore Other readings are available in electronic format on eLC password weber Powell Jr G Bingharn Russel J Dalton and Kaare Strom 2011 Comparative Politics Today A Theoretical Framework 6th edition New York Longman ISBN0205110045 The package includes a free 15 week subscription to The Economist World News site Other Rules The use of cell phones or any other electronic device is not permitted during class meetings You can use your laptop to take notes Students with disabilities who require individualized testing or other accommodations should discuss this with me inthe first week of the semester Students who will need to miss a class meeting to observe a religious holiday should make arrangements with me in the first week of the semester If you feel that a quiz or exam was graded incorrectly make a written appeal to me within a week after that exam was returned Students should keep copies of the assignments they turn in and retain graded quizzes until they receive their final course grade Assignments articles announcements and grades can be reached at eLeaming Commons httpelcugaedu The course syllabus is a general plan for the course deviations announced to the class by the instructor may be necessary As a University of Georgia student you have agreed to abide by the University s academic honesty policy A Culture of Honesty and the Student Honor Code All academic work must meet the standards described in A Culture of Honesty found at wwwugaeduhonesty Lack of knowledge of the academic honesty policy is not a reasonable explanation for a violation Questions related to course assignments and the academic honesty policy should be directed to the instructor Class Schedule June 10 7 Introduction PDS chp 1 June 13 7 Methodology in comparative politics PDS chp 2 June 14 7 Structuralism Marx Karl and Frederick Engels 1848 Manifesto of the Communist Party skip prefaces Available at httDWwwmar it quot 1 mm r I ndf Skocpol Theda 1976 France Russia China A Structural Analysis of Social Revolutions Comparative Studies in Society andHistory 182 175210 Diamond Jared M 1997 Prologue Yali s Question In Guns Germs and Steel The Fates ofHuman Societies pp 1332 New York WW Norton amp Co June 15 7 Culturalism PDS chp 3 June 16 7 Culturalism Giddens Anthony 2003 Introduction in The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism MaX Weber viixxvi org 1905 London Counterpoint Kahn Herman 1979 The Confucian Ethic and Economic Growth in World Economic Development 1979 and Beyond pp 219221 Boulder CO Westview Press Almond Gabriel A and Sidney Verba 1963 An Approach to Political Culture in The Civic Culture Political Attitudes and Democracy in Five Nations pp 342 Princeton NJ Princeton University Press Inglehart Ronald F 2008 Changing Values among Western Publics from 1970 to 2006 West European Politics 31172 130146 June 17 7 Functionalism Quiz 1 Luard Evan 1992 A System of Functional Cooperation and Mitrany David Functional Cooperation as the Road to Peace June 20 7 Functionalism PDS chp 4 Almond Gabriel A 1965 A Developmental Approach to Political Systems World Politics 17 183214 June 21 7 Functionalism PDS chp 5 June 22 7 Rational choice Downs Anthony 1957 An Economic Theory of Political Action in a Democracy The Journal ofPolitical Economy 652 135150 Fiorina Morris P and Ian Shapiro 2006 Political Scientists Debate Theory of Rational Choice Available at httpphoeniXliuneteduNuroyeco54histlistpolscirationalhtm Tversky Amos and Daniel Kahneman 1986 Rational Choice and the Framing of Decisions The Journal ofBusiness 594 S251S278 June 23 7 Institutionalism North Douglass C 1991 Institutions The Journal of Economic Perspectives 51 97112 Hardin Garrett 1968 The Tragedy ofthe Commons Science 1623859 12431248 Akerlof George A 1970 The Market for Lemons Qualitative Uncertainty and the Market Mechanism Quarterly Journal of Economics 843 488500 June 24 7 Institutionalism Quiz 2 Blodget Henry 2008 Why Wall Street Always Blows It The Atlantic December Available at httpwww quot quot quot com doc 200812blodgetwallstreet June 27 7 Developmentalism Withdrawal deadline Term paper topic due Rostow Walt W 1971 The Five StagesofGrowth 7 A Summary In The Stages of Economic Growth A Non Communist Manifesto pp 416 2quotd edition Cambridge UK Cambridge University Press Wiarda Howard J 1983 Toward a Nonethnocentric Theory of Development Alternative Conceptions from the Third World The Journal of Developing Areas 174 433452 June 28 7 Democratization Huntington Samuel P 1991 Democray s Third Wave Journal of Democracy 22 1234 Zakaria Fareed 1997 The Rise of Illiberal Democracy Foreign Affairs NovDec 2243 The Economist 2007 Democracy Index June 29 7 Democratic institutions PDS chp 6 Lijphart Arend 2004 Constitutional Design for Divided Societies Journal of Democracy 152 96109 June 30 7 Social capital and civil society Robert Putnam 1995 Bowling alone American s Declining Social Capital Journal of Democracy 61 pp 6578 Fukuyama Francis 1995 The Primacy of Culture Journal of Democracy 61 714 Rothstein Bo and Eric Uslaner 2005 All for all Equality and Social Trust Center for European Studies Working Paper 117 July 1 7 Constructivism Quiz 3 Chandra Kanchan et al 2001 Symposium Cumulative Findings in the Study of Ethnic Politics APSA CP Newsletter 121 725 July 4 7 No class Independence Day July 5 7 Public policy PDS chp 7 July 6 Immigration multiculturalism and the welfare state Freeman Gary P 1986 Migration and the Political Economy of the Welfare State Annals ofthe American Academy ofPolitical and Social Science 485 5163 Alba Richard 2005 Bright vs Blurred Boundaries Secondgeneration Assimilation and Exclusion in France Germany and the United States Ethnic and Racial Studies 281 2049 Alesina Alberto Edward Glaeser and Bruce Sacerdote 2001 Why Doesn39t the United States Have a Europeanstyle Welfare State Brookings Papers on Economic Activity 2 187254
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