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Fall 2017
Nov 20, 2017
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GOVT 468 - Political Institutions & Gov
This course will provide comparative and theoretical analyses of democratic political institutions. Political institutions are conceived as “the rules of the game”; basically, they establish the domains of public activity, the procedures to select leaders and the 
rules to make collective decisions. Different rules induce political actors to develop diverse strategies producing different outcomes. We will examine both the origins of the different institutional formulas and their consequences for policy-making, governmental performance, and democratic stability. Major topics include the foundations of political communities at city, state, continental and global levels; the diffusion of democracy in 
the world; the role of political parties in elections and in government formation; the relations between the executive and the legislative; electoral systems and other forms of representation and decision-making. We will also address the evolution, change and reforms of institutions in the world in a long-term perspective. 

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Government Department

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