Kavita R. Khory
105 Skinner Hall
Office Hours: M2:30-4, TU 2-4

Politics 106

Comparative Politics

Spring 1996

This course is designed to introduce students to the study of comparative politics and government in order to better appreciate and understand the diversity and complexity of today's world. It will provide an introduction to governmental systems as well as to the dynamics of political, economic and social issues in a regional and global context. The goal is to: (a) provide a framework which will help us to understand and interpret events that take place in other parts of the world; and (b) enable us to discern broad patterns among countries. Constant stress will be laid on applying course materials to concrete situations and current affairs.

Course Requirements

There will be two examinations and a short paper for this class. The mid-term will be on March 14, 1996. The paper is to be typed in regular term paper style-including bibliography and notes. Evaluation of the paper will be based on style (including spelling, grammar, logical development of ideas, etc.) as well as content. A detailed description of the written assignment is appended at the end of this syllabus. The paper will be due on April 23, 1996. The two examinations and the paper will constitute 75% of your grade. The quality of your class participation throughout the semester will determine 25% of the grade. Attendance is required at all class meetings; attendance is also part of your participation grade.


The following books are available for purchase at the Odyssey Bookstore.

Kincaid, Jamaica. A Small Place. New York: Plume, 1989

Nagle, John D. Introduction to Comparative Politics: Challenges of Conflict and Change in a New Era. Chicago: Nelson-Hall, 1995.

Soe, Christian, ed. Comparative Politics 95/96. Guilford, CT: Dushkin Publishing Group, 1995.

Additional Readings are available in the International Relations Office (109 Skinner Hall)

In addition to the assigned readings, all students are required to read a major world newspaper such as The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, the Washington Post, The Times (London), Le Monde, or Asahi Shimbun.

Course Outline and Reading Assignments

I. Introduction to Comparative Politics

February 1

Nagle, pp. 1-17.

Samuel P. Huntington, "The Clash of Civilizations?" Foreign Affairs, Summer 1993, pp. 22-49.

II. State-and Nation-Building

February 6-20

Comparative Politics, (#6), (#7), (#11), (#15), (#28), (#29), (#37), (#43)

Paul Cammack. David Pool, and William Tordoff, Third World Politics: A Comparative Introduction, (Baltimore: The John's Hopkins University Press, 1989), pp. 11-48.

Frantz Fanon, "The Wretched of the Earth," in Omar Dahbour and Micheline R. Ishay, eds. The Nationalism Reader, (Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Humanities Press, 1995), pp. 274-283.

Jawaharlal Nehru, "The Discovery of India," in The Nationalism Reader, pp. 248-254.

Jurgen Habermas, "Citizenship and National Identity: Some Reflections on the Future of Europe," in The Nationalism Reader, pp. 333-343

Eric Hobsbawm, "Nationalism in the Late Twentieth Century," in The Nationalism Reader, pp. 362-371.

III. Political Culture and Socialization

February 22, 27

Martin C. Needler, The Concepts of Comparative Politics, (New York: Praeger, 1991), pp. 69-77.

Mehran Kamrava, "Political Culture and a New Definition of the Third World," Third World Quarterly, Vol. 16, no. 4 (1995), pp. 691-701.

Fareed Zakaria, "A Conversation with Lee Kuan Yew," Foreign Affairs, March/April 1994, pp. 109-126.

IV. Regimes and Ideologies

February 29-March 12

Nagle, pp. 18-47, pp. 142-144, pp. 145-169, pp. 250-252, pp. 253-283

Comparative Politics, (#18), (#20), (#21), (#26), (#27), (#59), (#60), (#61)

Milton Viorst, "Iran's Aging Revolution," Foreign Affairs, November/December 1995, pp. 63-76.

Donald L. Horowitz, "Democracy in Divided Societies," in Larry Diamond and Marc. F. Planttner, Nationalism, Ethnic Conflict, and Democracy, (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993), pp. 35-55

V. Parties, Elections and Participation

March 26-April 4

Nagle, pp. 105-119, pp. 215-230, pp. 340-361.

Comparative Politics, (#26), (#27), (#33), (#34), (#35), (#36), (#53), (#62), (#63).

VI. Dependency, Development and Underdevelopment

April 9-23

Nagle, pp. 48-74, pp. 170-197, pp. 284-313

Kincaid, A Small Place

Comparative Politics, (#47), (#48), (#49), (#50), (#51), (#52).

Jeffrey Gettleman, "Women, War, and Development in Ethiopia," Cultural Survival, Vol. 19, no. 1, Spring 1995, pp. 39-42.

Robert D. Kaplan, "The Coming Anarchy," The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 273, No. 2 February 1994, pp. 44-76.

VII. Justice, Equality and Liberty

April 25-May 7

Nagle, pp. 75-104, pp. 120-141, pp. 198-214, pp. 231-249, pp. 314-339, pp. 362-389.

Comparative Politics, (#30), (#31), (#40), (#41), (#65).

Michael Walzer, "The New Tribalism: Notes on a Difficult Problem," in The Nationalism Reader, pp. 322-332.