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Бакалаврская программа «Политология и мировая политика»


Comparative Politics

Учебный год
Обучение ведется на английском языке
Курс обязательный
Когда читается:
2-й курс, 3, 4 модуль


Course Syllabus


The course is the introduction to Comparative politics that is defined as a complex of studies, methodologies and methods aiming at comparatively oriented research of domestic and transnational politics. The course includes two modules. The first one touches the history and variety of methodological approaches in comparative politics as well as the nuts and bolts of comparative research design. The second module considers the central concepts of comparative politics such as political regimes, democratization and regime transitions, party systems, electoral systems, institutional designs (presidentialism and parliamentarism), voting behavior, federalism, political cultures and values.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The main objective is getting general idea of comparative political studies
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Student is capable of participating in organizing and implementing various management processes, and of achieving the goals set by their superiors: both as a rank-and-file participant and as a low-level manager; in public administration, in political and business structures alike.
  • Student is capable of retrieving, collecting, processing and analyzing information relevant for achieving the set goals
  • Student is capable of posing research problems relevant to the study political phenomena and political processes; setting particular research tasks; and putting together a research design (direct contribution)
  • Student is capable of choosing research methods appropriate for resolving the set tasks.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Intro to Comparative Politics and Comparative Research Methods
    Comparative Politics. Comparative Method. Research design. Research question and answer. Variables and hypotheses in comparative politics. Old institutionalism. Behavioral revolution. Systemic approach. Rational choice approach. (Neo)institutionalisms. Problems of comparison.
  • Approaches in Comparative Politics
    Five alternative approaches in comparative politics. Institutions, ideas, international environment, interests
  • Political Regimes
    Political regimes. Typologies and classification. Scalar vs sortal approaches. Hybrid regimes. Democracies and non-democracies.
  • Democracies
    Democracy. R. Dahl. J. Schumpeter. Substantive and procedural definitions. Polyarchy. Common good.
  • Autocracies
    Classic and modern definitions of autocracies. Totalitarianism and authoritarianism. Electoral and competitive authoritarianism. Personalist, one-party and military regimes. Hybrid regimes.
  • Regime change
    Regimes change. Democratization and democratic transitions. Types of transitions. Waes of democratization. Diffusion and bandwagon effects.
  • Legislatures
    Assemblies, parliaments, congresses. Committees. Legislative process. Legislative oversight. Filibustering and logrolling. Parliamentary autonomy.
  • Government and Bureaucracies
    Rational bureaucracy. New Public Management. Principal-agent problems. Policy implementation. Models of public service (civil service).
  • Institutional Designs
    Parliamentarism. Presidentialism. Mixed designs (president-parliamentary and premier-presidential systems). Perils of presidentialism. Presidential power and separate survival.
  • Elections and Referendums
    Elections as instruments of democracy. Plebiscites and referendums. Direct and indirect participation in politics. Direct democracy vs representative democracy. Variety of democracies. Majoritarian democracies. Consensus democracies. Westminster democracies. Accountability and representation. Responsiveness and responsibility.
  • Electoral Systems
    Electoral formulae. Thresholds. District magnitude. Families of electoral systems. Plurality systems. Proportional systems. Mixed systems. Preferential vote. Quota and divisors‟ methods.
  • Political Parties
    Political parties. Functions of political parties. Types of parties. Maurice Duverger. Cadre and mass parties. Catchall parties. Cartel parties.
  • Party Systems
    Party systems classification. Duverger‟s laws. Giovanni Satrtori. Effective number of parties. Fractionalization. Volatility.
  • Interest Groups
  • Political Culture and Values
    Political culture. Civic culture. Critical citizens. Paradox of voting. Traditional, modern and emancipative values. Modernization and post-modernization.
  • Political Participation
    Political participation. Conventional and unconventional participations. Institutionalized and direct participation.
  • Federalism and regionalism
  • Public policies
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Activities in the classroom (seminars)
  • non-blocking Tests during the Seminars
    Tests may contain up to 10 questions to be answered in 15 minutes. The questions can be done in several forms: multiple choice, matching, true or false, selection and ranging, fill in the gaps, open questions (fill in the table, write a definition, draw a scheme). The questions are based on the course materials (lecture and mandatory readings) for each topic.
  • non-blocking Final exam (test)
    The final examination is based on the test with different types of questions that include multiple choice, matching tasks, open questions and a short essay of 400 words.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    The final grade (Gfinal) is calculated as an average based on the following equation: Gfinal = 0.3*Gex + 0.7*Gcum, where Gex - grade for the final exam (test) Gcum - cumulative grade The cumulative grade is calculated as follows: Gcum = 0.5*Gs + 0.5*Ghw Gs – grade for the activities in the classroom (seminars) Ghw - grade for home work (individual and group projects, tests and quizzes)


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Autocratic Breakdown and Regime Transitions: A New Data Set. (2014). Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.5EE19EF9
  • Comparative politics / ed. by Daniele Caramani. (2011). Oxford [u.a.]: Oxford Univ. Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.330675516
  • Evans, P., & Rauch, J. E. (1999). Bureaucracy and Growth: A Cross-National Analysis of the Effects of “Weberian” State Structures on Economic Growth. American Sociological Review, 64(5), 748–765. https://doi.org/10.2307/2657374
  • Geddes, B. (1999). What Do We Know about Democratization After Twenty Years? Annual Review of Political Science, 2(1), 115. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev.polisci.2.1.115
  • Jennifer Gandhi, & Adam Przeworski. (2007). Authoritarian Institutions and the Survival of Autocrats. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.FE0C6FB1

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • HERNÁNDEZ, E., & KRIESI, H. (2016). The electoral consequences of the financial and economic crisis in Europe. European Journal of Political Research, 55(2), 203–224. https://doi.org/10.1111/1475-6765.12122
  • Lijphart, A. (1971). Comparative Politics and the Comparative Method. American Political Science Review, (03), 682. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.a.cup.apsrev.v65y1971i03p682.693.13
  • Marc Morjé Howard, & Philip G. Roessler. (2006). Liberalizing Electoral Outcomes in Competitive Authoritarian Regimes. American Journal of Political Science, (2), 365. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-5907.2006.00189.x
  • Sartori, G., & European Consortium for Political Research. (2005). Parties and Party Systems : A Framework for Analysis. Colchester: ECPR Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1360080
  • SIAROFF, A. (2003). Comparative presidencies: The inadequacy of the presidential, semi-presidential and parliamentary distinction. European Journal of Political Research, 42(3), 287–312. https://doi.org/10.1111/1475-6765.00084
  • Welzel, C., & Deutsch, F. (2012). Emancipative Values and Non-Violent Protest: The Importance of ‘Ecological’ Effects. British Journal of Political Science, (02), 465. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.a.cup.bjposi.v42y2012i02p465.479.00
  • Ziblatt, D. (2009). Shaping Democratic Practice and the Causes of Electoral Fraud: The Case of Nineteenth-Century Germany. American Political Science Review, (01), 1. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.a.cup.apsrev.v103y2009i01p1.21.09