Comparative Politics:. Asking “Why” About The World. CP as a subfield of Political Science. What is Comparative Politics?. Study of Politics Within Countries Emphasis on politics “as they are,” not as they “should be”
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Asking “Why” About The World
Behavioral revolution (1920s, 1930s), World War II, and post-colonialism (1950s and 1960s)
Ambrogio Lorenzetti. Allegory of Good Government. Detail. 1337-40. Fresco. Sala dei Nove, Palazzo Publico, Siena, Italy
Democracies & Democratization in comparative politics today?
Politics of Advanced Industrial Democracies
transitions to democracy
legislative institutions, electoral systems, party systems
capitalism and democracy
democratic stabilityCurrent Themes in CP
Effects of globalization in comparative politics today?
Citizenship; minority rights; immigration
Social movements & social mobilizationMore Themes in CP:
Nationalism & ethnic conflict:
Why did the East German regime collapse so suddenly in 1989?
Why did almost all the communist regimes of East Europe collapse in 1989?
Censuses -- of comparison?
Surveys & polls
Other government documentsHow we “do” CP: some sources of information
Why didn’t Iraqi citizens overthrow Saddam Hussein in the 1980s and 1990s?