Comparative Politics (POLS 510)

2021 Spring
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Political Science(POLS)
3
10.00
Özge Kemahlıoğlu ozgekemah@sabanciuniv.edu,
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English
Doctoral, Master
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Formal lecture,Seminar
Interactive
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CONTENT

This course is designed to introduce the graduate students to the comparative study of politics. The objectives of the course are: 1. To enable students to develop skills in analysing political institutions, processes, and structures through comparisons of political systems embedded in different cultural contexts; 3. To introduce the students to the main issues and topics of the field of comparative politics; and 4. To introduce the students to the analysis of how major human concerns with freedom, social justice, equality, democracy etc. take shape and influence the emerge and structure of political institutions, processes, and practices in different polities.

OBJECTIVE

The objectives of the course are: 1. To introduce students to the ideas of quasi-experimental research and control in political science; 2. To enable students to develop skills in analyzing political institutions, processes, and structures through comparisons of political systems embedded in different cultural contexts; 3. To introduce the students to the main issues and topics of the field of comparative politics; and 4. To introduce the students to the analysis of how major human concerns with freedom, social justice, equality, democracy etc. take shape and influence the emergence and structure of political institutions, processes, and practices in different polities.

LEARNING OUTCOME

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to
a) describe the main objectives of comparative politics
b) identify the major concepts, theories, and approaches in comparative politics
c) comprehend the key issues and themes in comparative analysis

ASSESSMENT METHODS and CRITERIA

  Percentage (%)
Midterm 30
Term-Paper 50
Participation 20

RECOMENDED or REQUIRED READINGS

Readings

Recommended Readings:
1. Comparison: Issues and Problems
Sigmund Neumann, "Comparative Politics: A Half Century Appraisal", in Louis J. Cantori, Andrew H. Ziegler, Jr. (eds.) Comparative Politics in the Post-Behavioral Era (Boulder, Colo., Lynne Rienner: 1988): 3-23.
Sydney Verba, "Comparative Politics: Where Have We Been? Where Are We Going?" in Howard Wiarda (ed.), New Directions in Comparative Politics, (Revised Ed.) (Boulder, San Francisco: Westview, 1991): 31-42.
Todd Landman, Issues and Methods in Comparative Politics: An Introduction, (London, New York: Routledge: 2000): 4-19.
David Collier, "The Comparative Method: Two Decades of Change" in Dankwart A. Rustow and Kenneth Paul Erickson (eds.) Comparative Political Dynamics: Global Research Perspectives, (New York, Harper Collins: 1991): 7-31.
Ronald H. Chilcote, Theories of Comparative Politics: The Search for a Paradigm Reconsidered, (2nd Ed.) (Boulder, San Francisco, Oxford: Westview, 1994): 3-54.
2. Comparative Politics: Why Compare?
Mattei Dogan and Dominique Pelassy, How to Compare Nations: Strategies in Comparative Politics, (2nd ed.), (Chatham, New Jersey, Chatham House Publishers, 1990): 3-46.
Giovanni Sartori "Compare Why and How: Comparing, Miscomparing and the Comparative Method" in Mattei Dogan and Ali Kazanc²gil (eds.) Comparing Nations: Concepts, Strategies, Substance (Oxford, Blackwell: 1994): 14-34.
3. Comparative Politics: What to Compare?
Todd Landman, Issues and Methods in Comparative Politics: An Introduction, (London, New York: Routledge: 2000): 38-55..
Ronald H. Chilcote, Theories of Comparative Politics: The Search for a Paradigm Reconsidered, (2nd Ed.) (Boulder, San Francisco, Oxford: Westview, 1994): 55-118.
Mattei Dogan and Dominique Pelassy, How to Compare Nations: Strategies in Comparative Politics, (2nd ed.), (Chatham, New Jersey, Chatham House Publishers, 1990): 111-159.
4. Comparative Politics: How to Compare?
Robert T. Holt and John E. Turner, "Competing Paradigms in Comparative Politics" in Holt and Turner (ed.) The Methodology of Comparative Research. (New York, The Free Press: 1973): 23-71.
Adam Przeworski and Henry Teune, The Logic of Comparative Social Inquiry (New York, J. Wiley: 1970): 17-46.
5. Comparative Politics: Theory, Model and Evidence
Howard Wiarda, "Concepts and Models in Comparative Politics," in Dankwart A. Rustow and Kenneth Paul Erickson (eds.) Comparative Political Dynamics: Global Research Perspectives, (New York, Harper Collins: 1991): 32-53.
Margaret Levi, "A Model, A Method, and A Map: Rational Choice in Comparative and Historical Analysis," in Mark Irving Lichbach and Alan S. Zuckerman (eds.), Comparative Politics: Rationality, Culture and Structure, (Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 1997): 19-41.
Ronald H. Chilcote, Theories of Comparative Politics: The Search for a Paradigm Reconsidered, (2nd Ed.) (Boulder, San Francisco, Oxford: Westview, 1994): 121-206.
6. Studying the State
J. P. Nettl, "The State as a Conceptual Variable" in Louis J. Cantori, Andrew H. Ziegler, Jr. (eds.) Comparative Politics in the Post-Behavioral Era (Boulder, Colo., Lynne Rienner: 1988): 303-332. (or see: World Politics, vol. 20: 4 (July 1968) 559-592).
Joel S. Migdal, "Studying the State," in Mark Irving Lichbach and Alan S. Zuckerman (eds.), Comparative Politics: Rationality, Culture and Structure, (Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 1997): 208-235.
Joel S. Migdal, "The State in Society," in Howard J. Wiarda (ed.) New Directions in Comparative Politics, (Third Ed.) (Boulder Colorado: Westview, 2002): 63-79.
7. The Individual, Identity and Culture
Marc Howard Ross, "Culture and Identity in Comparative Political Analysis", in Mark Irving Lichbach and Alan S. Zuckerman (eds.), Comparative Politics: Rationality, Culture and Structure, (Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 1997): 42-80.
Ronald H. Chilcote, Theories of Comparative Politics: The Search for a Paradigm Reconsidered, (2nd Ed.) (Boulder, San Francisco, Oxford: Westview, 1994): 177-214.
Gabriel A. Almond, "The Intellectual History of The Civic Culture Concept", in Louis J. Cantori, Andrew H. Ziegler, Jr. (eds.) Comparative Politics in the Post-Behavioral Era (Boulder, Colo., Lynne Rienner: 1988): 162-190.
Fred I. Greenstein, "A Note on the Ambiguity of Political Socialization: Definition, Criticisms, and Strategies of Inquiry," in Louis J. Cantori, Andrew H. Ziegler, Jr. (eds.) Comparative Politics in the Post-Behavioral Era (Boulder, Colo., Lynne Rienner: 1988): 190-198.
8. Development and Dependency
Ronald H. Chilcote, Theories of Comparative Politics: The Search for a Paradigm Reconsidered, (2nd Ed.) (Boulder, San Francisco, Oxford: Westview, 1994): 215-283.
Samuel P. Huntington, "Change to Change" in Louis J. Cantori, Andrew H. Ziegler, Jr. (eds.) Comparative Politics in the Post-Behavioral Era (Boulder, Colo., Lynne Rienner: 1988): 355-384.
Joel S. Migdal "Studying the Politics of Development and Change" in Louis J. Cantori, Andrew H. Ziegler, Jr. (eds.) Comparative Politics in the Post-Behavioral Era (Boulder, Colo., Lynne Rienner: 1988): 385-416.
A. H. Somjee, "Non-Western Theories of Development: Critiques and Explorations," in Howard J. Wiarda (ed.) New Directions in Comparative Politics, (Third Ed.) (Boulder Colorado: Westview, 2002): 119-140.
Tony Smith, "The Dependency Approach" in Howard J. Wiarda (ed.) New Directions in Comparative Politics, (Third Ed.) (Boulder Colorado: Westview, 2002): 45-61.
9. Theories of Class
Ronald H. Chilcote, Theories of Comparative Politics: The Search for a Paradigm Reconsidered, (2nd Ed.) (Boulder, San Francisco, Oxford: Westview, 1994): 284-336, 339-366.
Robert Dahl, Who Governs? (New Haven, Conn.: Yale Univ. Press, 1961).
C. Wright. Mills, The Power Elite, (London, Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 1956).
10. Social Movements and Social Revolutions
Todd Landman, Issues and Methods in Comparative Politics: An Introduction, (London, New York: Routledge: 2000): 92-117.
Doug McAdam, Sidney Tarrow, and Charles Tilly, "Toward and Integrated Perspective on Social Movements and Revolution", in Mark Irving Lichbach and Alan S. Zuckerman (eds.), Comparative Politics: Rationality, Culture and Structure, (Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 1997): 142-175.
Michael Oksenberg and Bruce J. Dickson, "The Origins, Processes, and Outcomes of Great Political Reform," in Dankwart A. Rustow and Kenneth Paul Erickson (eds.) Comparative Political Dynamics: Global Research Perspectives, (New York, Harper Collins: 1991): 235-261.
Klaus von Beyme, "The Modernization of Socialism: Glasnost versus Perestroika," in Dankwart A. Rustow and Kenneth Paul Erickson (eds.) Comparative Political Dynamics: Global Research Perspectives, (New York, Harper Collins: 1991): 262-291.
Nikki R. Keddie, "The Revolt of Islam and Its Roots," in Dankwart A. Rustow and Kenneth Paul Erickson (eds.) Comparative Political Dynamics: Global Research Perspectives, (New York, Harper Collins: 1991): 292-308.
Susan Eckstein, "How Consequential are Revolutions," in Dankwart A. Rustow and Kenneth Paul Erickson (eds.) Comparative Political Dynamics: Global Research Perspectives, (New York, Harper Collins: 1991): 309-351.
11. Democracy: Transition, Consolidation, and Performance
Arend Lijphart, Patterns of Democracy: Government Forms and Performance in Thirty-Six Countries, (New Haven, and London, Yale Univ. Press: 1999): 1-61, 243-300.
Fred W. Riggs, "Conceptual Homogenization of a Heterogeneous Field: Presidentialism in Comparative Perspective", in Mattei Dogan and Ali Kazancigil (eds.) Comparing Nations: Concepts, Strategies, Substance, (Oxford, U.K., Cambridge, USA: Blackwell, 1994: 72-152.
Terry Lynne Karl, "Dilemmas of Democratization in Latin America", in Dankwart A. Rustow and Kenneth Paul Erickson (eds.) Comparative Political Dynamics: Global Research Perspectives, (New York, Harper Collins: 1991): 163-191.
Metin Heper, "Transition to Democracy Reconsidered: A Historical Perspective", in in Dankwart A. Rustow and Kenneth Paul Erickson (eds.) Comparative Political Dynamics: Global Research Perspectives, (New York, Harper Collins: 1991): 192-210.
Peter Lange, Hudson Meadwell, "Typologies of Democratic Systems: From Political Inputs to Political Economy", in Howard Wiarda (ed.), New Directions in Comparative Politics, (Revised Ed.) (Boulder, San Francisco: Westview, 1991): 82-117.
12. Post-Industrial Politics: Culture, Institutions, Ideas and Interests
Peter A. Hall," The Role of Institutions, Interest, and Ideas in the Comparative Political Economy of the Industrialized Nations, " in Mark Irving Lichbach and Alan S. Zuckerman (eds.), Comparative Politics: Rationality, Culture and Structure, (Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 1997): 174-207.
Douglas E. Ashford, "Explaining Democratic Welfare States: Supply, Demand and Context" in Dankwart A. Rustow and Kenneth Paul Erickson (eds.) Comparative Political Dynamics: Global Research Perspectives, (New York, Harper Collins: 1991): 355-380.
Jack Hayward, "The Policy Community Approach to Industrial Policy" in Dankwart A. Rustow and Kenneth Paul Erickson (eds.) Comparative Political Dynamics: Global Research Perspectives, (New York, Harper Collins: 1991): 381-407.
T. J. Pempel, "Japan and Sweden: Polarities of Responsible Capitalism ", in Dankwart A. Rustow and Kenneth Paul Erickson (eds.) Comparative Political Dynamics: Global Research Perspectives, (New York, Harper Collins: 1991): 408-438.
Paul S. Adams "Corporatism and Comparative Politics: Is There a New Century of Corporatism?", in Howard J. Wiarda (ed.) New Directions in Comparative Politics, (Third Ed.) (Boulder Colorado: Westview, 2002): 17-44.