This course aims to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to important concepts, theories and debates that underpin the study of comparative politics. This course will focus on several key topics, including:
• How to account for differences between autocracies and democracies
• Variations in the institutional forms taken by different political systems
• Political transitions
• The varying role of governments in national economies
• Differences in political culture and citizen participation
Examples will be drawn from a variety of democratic and nondemocratic countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, China, Nigeria, Iran, and Brazil.