GOV 390L • Comparative Party Systems
6:30 PM-9:30 PM
Graduate Standing Required Consent of the graduate adviser must be obtained. This seminar is an advanced introduction to the study of political parties and party systems for graduate students. The literature on these subjects is vast and we will not be able to cover all of the important topics. Our focus will be on four themes at the level of individual parties (party formation, organization, strategy, and institutionalization) and four themes at the level of party systems (the number of parties, competitiveness, representativeness, and party system stability). Although we will look at some case material, this is primarily a course on party theory. As a result, students should plan to read some of the recommended works each week or other supplemental materials on country cases. Research papers may focus on any country case or cases. Graduate students who are not in Political Science but want a theoretically challenging course on parties and party systems are welcome but should take care to inspect the course material and speak with the instructor.