Most of the "New World" was at one time governed by a European colonial empire. Moreover, the governing institutions of these empires powerfully affects the nation-states of the western hemisphere today. In this seminar we will investigate the political-economic institutions of major New World empires, especially those of Spain, England, and France. We will focus on the character of their institutions, why they were established, how they evolved over time, and their legacies for political-economic development in contemporary North and South America. We will focus on readings from political science, economics, and history.
The seminar will include assessment of quantitative evidence and simple models of strategic reasoning. PS3 or permission of instructor is a prerequisite.
Junior seminars fulfill upper division requirements for the major.
Subfield: Comparative Politics
Political Science Majors of Junior and Senior Status.
Completion of PS3.
PS3 is a prerequisite for this class. Students who have not taken PS3 will not be admitted to PS191 Sec 004, without exception, since PS191 Sec 004 assumes familiarity of political science methods. We will be monitoring enrollment. If you have not taken PS3, you will be DROPPED. The course will include assessment of quantitative evidence and simple models of strategic reasoning. PS3 or permission of instructor is a prerequisite.