This exam tests content covered in a one-semester course in comparative politics. It focuses on the public sphere of politics and power relations and the comparison of types of government and political systems. Topics include: basic concepts in social science, comparative political theory and methodology; the nature of the state and comparisons of authoritarian, totalitarian, and democratic state forms; the concept of democracy and democratization; the institutional features of government and governance; how variables shape outcomes in politics; ideology and government policy processes; and a comparison of government structure across regions. This exam also assesses how these concepts apply to representative countries around the world.
Semester Hours: 3