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Fall 2017
Oct 19, 2017
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GOVT 645 - Theories of Political Devt
Theories of Political Development provides a comprehensive and critical overview of the major conceptual paradigms, theories and approaches that have guided Western studies of Third World societies over the last half a century. We are concerned first and foremost in understanding how analytical paradigms have guided, shaped and sometimes limited our analysis of development politics. We will also explore how these paradigms have helped shape the perceptions of US policy makers, particularly as regard questions of political and economic reform. Readings are drawn from a wide range of scholars working in fields of political economy, comparative politics, anthropology and sociology. Topics include regime transitions, the persistence of autocracy, ethno-religious conflict (and conflict resolution), and the political economy of reform. These topics will be explored comparatively, both within and across many regions, including the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, South and Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America. All students must have taken a basic introductory course in comparative politics. Further coursework in related fields is highly recommended.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

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

Government Department

Course Attributes:
College/GOVT: Comparative, Summer Session Course

Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:     
      MN or MC Graduate

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