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Comparative Politics

30 Credits

Comparative Politics is an introductory course on comparative politics which centres the study of political behaviour within states.  Whereas international relations deals with relations between states, comparative politics focuses on domestic developments and explores these with a comparative approach.

This course examines how democracies can be organized through the formation and development of democratic political institutions. The focus will also be on institutional development and this provides organizational coherence to the weekly themes examined within it. The background to many of the discourses within this course is the variety of European political systems and the richness of both the normative and the empirical evidence relies heavily on this.

The logic behind it is informed by the historical development of modern democracies for which the European context serves as a backdrop.