This exam assesses students' understanding and knowledge of concepts 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