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KAFP 3915 - Political economy and comparative politics

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

Focusing on policy-making, this course provides an introduction to basic concepts in political science: the nature of democratic governance, the effect of political institutions, organizational decision-making and the role of public and private actors in shaping policy outputs and outcomes. We will analyze why public policies are rarely as neat or efficient as theoretical treatments suggest they should be. In order to do so, we will follow the policy cycle and analyze how new ideas are formed and put on the agenda, what affects debates and policy adoption, and what difficulties arise in the implementation process. We will also consider the role of courts in challenging existing rules, discuss the role of policy evaluation and feedbacks, the challenges for policy reform and the behavior of citizens, both as subjects of regulation and in the discussion of government accountability. Finally, we will look at the problem of corruption and maladministration, its causes and consequences.


GROSSMAN, Emiliano (Associate professor)

Pedagogical format

Lecture (12 sessions).

Course validation

Take-home exam, oral presentation and small thesis.


Weekly readings.

Required reading

  • Lijphart, A. Patterns of democracy: Government forms and performance in thirty-six countries. Yale University Press, (2012)
  • Rodrik, D. The globalization paradox: democracy and the future of the world economy. WW Norton & Company, (2011)
  • Gandhi, J. Political institutions under dictatorship (p. xvii). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, (2008)
  • Acemoglu, D., & Robinson, J. A. Why nations fail: The origins of power, prosperity, and poverty. Crown Business, (2013)