Introduction to Comparative Politics

A torch-bearing woman, wearing a golden dress embroidered with the words Votes for Women, marches across the western states in the U.S. towards the eastern and southern states where a crowd of women beckons her.

"The Awakening" by Hy Mayer. This 1915 cartoon illustrates how Western states had given women the right to vote, while the rest of America had yet to do the same. (This image is in the public domain. Source: Wikimedia Commons.)


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This course examines why democracy emerges and survives in some countries rather than in others; how political institutions affect economic development; and how American politics compares to that of other countries.

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Chappell Lawson. 17.50 Introduction to Comparative Politics. Spring 2014. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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