DEVM-615 Political Regimes, Parties and Elections: Comparative Institutional Design
Professor Juan Manuel Abal Medina and Carlos Moreira
This course deals with the foundations of democracy as both an ideal regime and institutional pattern. We apply a historical- comparative approach to several empirical cases. As there is no neutral institutional design, we provide the students the analitical theories and data to understand its results and performance. This course aims at examining modern democratic institutions including: electoral systems, political parties, party systems, presidentialism and parlamentarism, bicameralism and unicameralism, federalism and unitarism, etc. Readings include both classic and contemporary comparative politics literature.
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