Checking date: 24/11/2021

Course: 2022/2023

Comparative Politics II
Study: Dual Bachelor in Political Science and Sociology (247)

Coordinating teacher: LAVEZZOLO PEREZ, SEBASTIAN

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Social Sciences

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Political Analysis and Comparative Politics I
Skills related to the development of analytical and critical thinking. Communication skills and writing skills in carrying out work, case studies and exams. Public speaking and presentation skills. Interpersonal skills such as the ability to work in teams or use of the technique of role play. Theoretical and practical knowledge concerning different dimensions of today's political systems. Ability to link theoretical debates in comparative politics with an analysis of one, several or many cases -whether these political systems or parts thereof-.
Description of contents: programme
1. Introduction: theories and facts in comparative politics. 2. Comparing and contrasting forms of government and state in Western Europe. 3. Presidentialism in the Americas. 4. Post-communism and institutional design. 5. Dependence, economic development and democracy. 6. Social revolution, class struggle, energy and neo-authoritarianisms. 7. Ethnic conflict. 8. Political institutions and economic performance. 9. Democracy and socioeconomic inequalities. 10. The Arab world. 11. China and liberal democracy.
Learning activities and methodology
Lectures given by the teacher and activities done by students who will test the knowledge acquired and develop their skills. The training activities aim to involve students in the learning process. To this end, the teacher will provide basic knowledge and tools needed to strengthen their analytical ability and encourage their critical spirit. In this regard, the reading of selected materials and essays written by students will be fundamental. Likewise, the professor will encourage discussions on current topics, presentations and role play so that students expand their communication and interpersonal skills. This will be complemented by screenings of documentaries / films relating to any matter relevant to the subject. This latter is intended to capture students' interest on issues that sometimes may seem too abstract, without a clear empirical referent. 6 ECTS credits, 150 hours approximately. Lectures and other activities in class: 42 hours Study of the subject by the student: 50 hours Preparation of presentations and essays by students: 48 hours Make-up classes, office hours, hand-in of papers, etc.: 8 hours Exam: 2 hours
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • Bingham J. Powell Jr., G., R.J. Dalton y K. Strom,. Comparative Politics Today: A World View, 10ª ed.. Longman. 2011.
  • Boix, C. y S.C. Stokes (eds.), . The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics. Oxford University Press. 2007.
  • Caramani, Daniele (ed.). Comparative Politics, 3ª ed.. Oxford University Press. 2014.
  • Chávarri, Sidera, P. e I. Delgado Sotillos (coords.), . Sistemas políticos contemporáneos . UNED. 2013.
  • Clark, W. R., M. Golder y S. N. Golder, . Principles of Comparative Politics, 2nd edition. CQ Press. 2012.
  • Colomer, J.M. (ed.),. Comparative European Politics, 3ª ed.. Routledge. 2008.
  • Diamond, L.,. "Why are there no Arab democracies?". Journal of Democracy 21(1): 93-104.. 2010.
  • Domínguez, J. y M. Shifter,. Constructing Democratic Governance in Latin America, 4ª ed.. The Johns Hopkins University Press. 2013.
  • Kesselman, M., . Readings in Comparative Politics. Cengage Learning. 2009.
  • Kesselman, Mark, Joel Krieger and William A. Joseph (eds.). Introduction to Comparative Politics, 7th ed.. Houghton Mifflin. 2015.
  • O'Neil, P. H., K. Fields y D. Share. Cases in Comparative Politics, 4ª ed. . W.W. Norton & Company. 2012.
  • O'Neil, Patrick H. y Ronald Rogowski. Essential Readings in Comparative Politics, 4th ed.. W.W. Norton and Company. 2012.
  • Segura, A. . Estados Unidos, el islam y el nuevo orden internacional. Alianza. 2013.
  • Sodaro, M., . Comparative Politics. A Global Introduction. McGraw Hill Higher Education. 2007.
  • Zhang, Y., . Pacific Asia. The Politics of Development. Routledge. 2003.
Additional Bibliography
  • Alcántara, M. . Sistemas políticos de América Latina, 3rd ed.. Tecnos. 2008.
  • Domínguez, J. y M. Shifter. Constructing Democratic Governance in Latin America, 3rd ed.. The Johns Hopkins University Press. 2008.
  • Goodin, R.E. y H-D. Klingemann (eds.). Nuevo Manual de Ciencia Política, 2 vols.. Istmo. 2001.
  • Journal of Democracy, . Sección "Twenty years of postcommunism". 21 (1). . 2010.
  • Landman, T. (ed.). The Sage handbook of comparative politics. Sage. 2009.
  • Lijphart, A.. Modelos de democracia. Ariel. 2000.
  • Martín Muñoz, G. . El Estado árabe. Bellaterra. 1999.
  • Smith, P. . Democracia en América Latina. Marcial Pons. 2009.
  • Taibo, C. . Las transiciones en la Europa Central y Oriental: ¿Copias en papel carbón?. Catarata. 1998.
  • Waldmann, P. . Radicalismo étnico. Análisis comparado de las causas y efectos en conflictos étnicos violentos. Akal. 1997.
  • Xiaobo, L.,. "Can it be that the chinese people deserve only 'party-led democracy" y "Changing the regime by changing society". Journal of Democracy 22(1): 154-166.. 2011.

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.