Comparing Political Institutions (POL2101.01)

Rotimi Suberu

Political institutions are the decision norms and organizations that govern political life. Academic and policy interest in such institutions is flourishing as many previously authoritarian states seek to craft their first democratic political institutions or constitutions. This basic course introduces students to major political institutions and the debates about their relative merits. Readings, assignments, and class discussions and presentations will focus on the alternative institutional structures of contemporary polities, including parliamentary and presidential systems; federal and unitary arrangements; plurality and proportionality in electoral designs; formal and informal political institutions; the nature of hybrid political systems; the challenge of institutional design in democratizing and post-conflict states; and illustrative country cases.

Prerequisites: None
Credits: 4
T 8:10am - 10:00am; F 8:10am - 10:00am
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency:
This course is categorized as All courses, Four Credit, Rotimi Suberu, 2000, Politics, and tagged , , , , , , , .