This is the first of a two-part course sequence on comparative politics targeted at PhD students in the Political Science department. Our primary objective for the semester is to study the field’s major questions and central theoretical debates. In the process, we will encounter the plurality of analytic traditions in CP and introduce the methodological principles and debates that students will focus on in more depth in 200B.
Our reading load varies by week but typically amounts to six to eight readings -the equivalent of 250-300 pages - per week. Students are expected to have completed all required reading for each class session.