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ADRO 13A00 - Political Institutions

Type d'enseignement : Lecture and tutorials

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 60

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The course aims at providing an understanding of the framework in which political institutions are born and organized by and for the state. This would allow students to is comprehend modern political regimes through a comparative approach. The course compares issues of constitutional and institutional design by addressing the major principles underlying constitutions and the choice of types of government, analyzing the implementation process of these principles, and the particularities of contemporary constitutional and institutional designs. Principles of constitutional structure include the analysis of the historical roots of political institutions and constitutions, their underlying goals, and their provisions and formal characteristics. The course combines theoretical and empirical knowledge from all over the world.


  • BEZZINA, Anne Charlène (Maitre de conférence)
  • MIYAR, Ghazal (Doctorante)
  • TIMUS, Natalia (Professeur)

Pedagogical format

1. Introduction: democracy: concepts, approaches, diversity of types of government 2. Democracy: definitions and the state of art of democratic theory and practice 3. Constitutional history: democracy and constitutional culture Separation of powers and fundamental rights 4. The structure of political units 5. Presidential type of government: the USA and Brasil 6. Parliamentary type of government: the Westminster model - The UK and India 7. Parliamentary type of government: Germany and the Netherlands (check NL – consociational) 8. Consociational democracy: Israel and Switzerland 9. Democratic transition: the case of post-communist countries? 10. Between dictatorship and democracy: Russia and China 11. Authoritarian tendencies within the European neighborhood: Belarus and Morocco 12. European political system

Course validation

Continuous assessment (4 grades): a total of 2/3 of course mark : - 1 oral group student presentation 30% ; - 1 in-class written quiz (terms and concepts) 20% ; - 1 mid-term position paper 50% ; - Class presence and participation plus or minus 0,5 points for final grade. Final Examination: 1/3 of course mark: - Oral presentation