Course description

This course provides an introduction to concepts, theories, and evidence in the field of comparative politics. Topics include origins of nation-states, democracy and authoritarianism, social revolutions, politics of economic development, ethnicity and ethnic violence, modernization, political culture, institutions, and civil society. The empirical evidence is drawn from cases in Africa (Nigeria and Rwanda), the Americas (Mexico and the United States), Asia (China, India, and South Korea), Europe (Britain and Germany), post-communist areas (Russia and former Yugoslavia), and the Middle East (Iran).


  • Executive Director of the Program on US-Japan Relations, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University
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