GOVT-611 Transitions & Globalization
Offered academic year 2006-2007
Professor Balzer
The course will be an inquiry into three related strands of political, economic and social change: transitions to democracy and market economies; the special case of post-communist transitions; and contemporary globalization. We begin with the "first transition" to the capitalist Market economy in Western Europe and related social changes, starting with the discipline required by "industrial time" and eventually including more open political systems. We then turn to the "World Revolution of Westernization" in the 19th and 20th centuries, which laid the foundation for globalization. The major focus is on the "Third Wave" of democratization that commenced in the 1970s, the character of transitions in Communist nations, and the relationship of these transitions to processes frequently described as "globalization." We will examine similarities and differences in transitions in different parts of the world, and will attempt to discern the homogenizing and differentiating impact of increasingly interconnected economies, trans-national actors, and new information technologies. [Comparative Politics]
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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