This course is part of the IPSAMOOC project, a joint venture Federica Weblearning - IPSA, the International Political Science Association
If you've ever asked the question, "What is Democracy?" this course is for you. This comparative study of politics covers a wide variety of topics and themes.
The course begins with a definition of the comparative method and a special focus on concept formation and historical and institutional approaches. It highlights the way in which democratic regimes are governed, and the way electoral rules impact not only on parties and the party system but also on citizens.
We will study the different forms of government, their structure and role, leading to an understanding of the dynamics of governing coalitions and their rotation in office. Together we will evaluate the assets and liabilities of the different institutional structures and approaches.
The last part of the course will focus on the effectiveness of different democratic regimes and evaluate proposals for change. The emerging overall picture will show the existence of several institutional solutions to the challenges and the problems of contemporary democracies.
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I was really impressed by this course. It met my expectations, which were to gain a new perspective on the subject of politics. With no prior political education, I was struck by the complexity of the subject and pleased to see it so well condensed into...
I was really impressed by this course. It met my expectations, which were to gain a new perspective on the subject of politics. With no prior political education, I was struck by the complexity of the subject and pleased to see it so well condensed into a series of lectures and articles. I have to admit that it has been a while since I took part in your course, but I have been left with valuable information and a set of very useful notes.
Congratulations on creating such a pleasant and well-structured course, it has been the perfect introduction into the world of Comparative Politics. Furthermore, it is one of the reasons I have decided to study Politics in University. Thank you for the guidance offered and once again, congratulations on your amazing work!
Vlad, from Romania
Larry Harari completed this course, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Excellent course, great description of political system all around the globe. The analysis of democratic system and authoritarian system is very accurate and is very important in our era of political change. Great work from the team !
Good examples while teaching but little more elaboration to be done especially with the other countries systems. Prof is mostly focusing on the European countries . It would have been better if the scope of the coverage has been towards other Asian and African countries too.