|Week I: Introduction|
|1||Introduction and Review of Syllabus, Discuss Final Exam, Pick Recitation Time||Read through syllabus and list of potential paper topics in the assignments section.|
|Week II: The State and Regime Type|
What is Social Science?
Social Science Research?
What is a State and Why have One?
What is a Democracy and Why have One?
Aristotle. "The Politics." In Aristotle: The Politics and Constitution of Athens. 2nd ed. Edited by Stephen Everson. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1996, Book III: chapters 6-12 and 18, pp. 69-80, and 91. Book IV: chapters 1-2, pp. 91-94. ISBN: 9780521484008.
Karl, Terry, and Philippe C., Schmitter. "What Democracy is...and is Not." Journal of Democracy 2, no. 3 (Summer 1991): 75-86.
In recitation: Map test. How to write a research paper. Potential paper topics, including sample article from popular press.
|Week III: Social Structure|
|4||Lens 1: The Construction of Political Cleavages (Class)||
Marx, Karl, and Friedrich Engels. "Manifesto of the Communist Party." Part 1 in The Marx-Engels Reader. 2nd ed. Edited by Robert C. Tucker. New York, NY: W.W. Norton, 1978, pp. 473-83. ISBN: 9780393090406.
Weber, Max. "Class, Status, and Party." In From Max Weber: Essays in Sociology. Edited by H. H. Gerth and C. Wright Mills. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1958, pp. 180-186. ISBN: 9780195004625.
|5||Lens 1 (cont.): The Construction of Political Cleavages (Race, Religion, and Ethnicity)||
See readings for Ses #4.
In recitation: Discuss paper topics.
|Week IV: Culture and Institutions|
Lens 2: Culture and Beliefs
Discussion of Measurements of Culture in Articles
Inglehart, Ronald, and Marita Carballo. "Does Latin America Exist? (And is There a Confucian Culture?): A Global Analysis of Cross-Cultural Differences." PS: Political Science and Politics 30 (March 1997): 34-46.
Lagos, Marta. "Public Opinion in New Democracies: Latin America's Smiling Mask." Journal of Democracy 8, no. 3 (July 1997): 125-38.
Lens 3: Institutions
Wrap up on Lenses
Stepan, Alfred. "Federalism and Democracy: Beyond the U.S. Model." Journal of Democracy 10, no. 4 (October 1999): 19-33.
In recitation this week: Discussion of articles on culture. Review "Hints" for writing papers.
|Week V: Democratization|
|8||Why do Countries Become Democratic?||
Diamond, Larry. "Is the Third Wave Over?" Journal of Democracy 7, no. 3 (July 1996): 20-37.
Does Economic Development Lead to Democracy?
Review of Lenses
Lipset, Seymour Martin. "Economic Development and Democracy." In Political Man: The Social Bases of Politics. Expanded ed. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981, pp. 27-63. ISBN: 9780801825224.
Przeworski, Adam, and Fernando Limongi. "Modernization: Theories and Facts." World Politics 49 (January 1997): 155-193.
In recitation this week: Discussion of first paper and readings for week. Review "Hints" for writing papers.
|Week VI: Case Study on the Breakdown of Democracy: Inter-war Germany|
|10||Why did Democracy Break Down in Inter-war Germany?||
Hoffmann-Lange, Ursula. "Germany: Twentieth Century Turning Points." In Elites, Crises, and the Origins of Regimes. Edited by Mattei Dogan and John Higley. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 1998, pp. 170-74. ISBN: 9780847690220.
Lepsius, M. Ranier. "From Fragmented Party Democracy to Government by Emergency Decree and National Socialist Takeover: Germany." In The Breakdown of Democratic Regimes: Europe. Edited by Juan J. Linz and Alfred Stepan. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1978, pp. 34-79. ISBN: 9780801820229.
Lipset, Seymour Martin. "'Fascism' - Left, Right, and Center." In Political Man: The Social Bases of Politics. Expanded ed. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981, pp. 127-152. ISBN: 9780801825224.
Taylor, A. J. P. "History Unfolds, 1918-1933." In The Nazi Revolution: Germany's Guilt or Germany's Fate? Edited by John L. Snell. Boston, MA: D.C. Heath and Company, 1959, pp. 19-26.
|11||Class Debate: Why did the Weimar Republic Collapse?|
|12||Wrap up on Weimar and Discussion of Federal Republic||
In recitation this week: Finish Class Debate
|Week VII: Research Papers|
|13-14||Interim Presentations on Research Papers|
|Week VIII: Political Institutions and Economic Growth|
|15-16||How do Political Institutions Affect Economic Growth?||
Olson, Mancur. "Big Bills Left on the Sidewalk: Why Some Nations are Rich, and Others Poor." Journal of Economic Perspectives 10, no. 2 (1996): 3-24.
Weingast, Barry. "The Economic Role of Political Institutions: Market-Preserving Federalism and Economic Development." Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization 11, no. 1 (1995): 1-31.
Przeworski, Adam, and Fernando Limongi. "Political Regimes and Economic Growth." Journal of Economic Perspectives 7, no. 3 (1993): 51-69.
De Soto, Hernando. The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else. London, UK: Bantam Press, 2000, pp. 1-37 and 208-218. ISBN: 0593046641.
In recitation this week: Discussion of Weingast article and de Soto's main argument.
|Week IX: Why is Mexico so Corrupt?|
Corruption in Mexico
General Causes of Corruption and Proposed Solutions
Davis, Diane E. "Undermining the Rule of Law: Democratization and the Dark Side of Police Reform in Mexico." Latin American Politics and Society 48, no. 1 (2006): 55-86.
Almond, Gabriel, and Sidney Verba. "Mexico: Alienation and Aspiration." In The Civic Culture: Political Attitudes and Democracy in Five Nations. Newbury Park, CA: Sage, 1989, pp. 310-312. ISBN: 9780803935587.
Thompson, Ginger. "In a Lawless Town, the Top Lawman Avoids Trouble." The New York Times, Late Edition - Final, Section A, Page 4, Column 3. August 20, 2005.
Treisman, Daniel. "The Causes of Corruption: A Cross-National Study." Journal of Public Economics 76, no. 3 (2000): 399-457.
In recitation this week: Discussion of Treisman article. Corruption in Greece.
|Week X: Culture and Effective Governance|
|19||Lecture: Culture and Democracy|
Why is Northern Italy so Much, Well, Better? (Except for the Food)
Breakout Group Presentations on Putnam's Argument
In recitation this week: Critique of Putnam's arguments and measurements. Breakout groups on Putnam.
|Week XI: Class Presentations on Research Papers|
|21||Class Presentations on Research Papers|
|Week XII: The U.S. in Comparative Perspective|
What's Right and What's Wrong with the U.S. System?
Breakout Groups on Redesigning the U.S. Constitution
In recitation this week: Breakout groups on redesigning the U.S. constitution.
|Week XIII: State-building, Ethnic Conflict, and "Democracy" in Iraq|
|24||Attempts to Impose Democracy by Foreign Powers||
Dawisha, Adeed, and Karen Dawisha. "How to Build a Democratic Iraq." Foreign Affairs 82, no. 3 (May/June 2003).
Lawson, Chappell. "How Best to Build Democracy: Laying the Foundation for a New Iraq." Foreign Affairs 82, no. 4 (July/August 2003).
Diamond, Larry. "Building Democracy After Conflict: Lessons from Iraq." Journal of Democracy (January 2005): 9-23.
Filkins, Dexter. "Solution: Divide Iraq. Reality: It's Not So Easy." The New York Times, The Week in Review, Late Edition - Final, Section 4, Page 14, Column 3. June 25, 2005.
Independent research on Iraq. (see e.g., Council on Foreign Relations)
|25||Show and Tell on Iraq||
In recitation this week: Show and tell on Iraq.
|Week XIV: State-building, Ethnic Conflict, and "Democracy" in Iraq (cont.)|
|26||Discussion of the Final Exam, Wrap-up of Semester, and Class Evaluations|