Capitalism and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe in Historical Perspective

This course examines critical periods in Central and East European politics: the emergence and experiences of newly restored independent states in the aftermath of the First World War, the Second World War and subsequent imposition of communist regimes, their evolution and rapid and largely unanticipated collapse in 1989, and finally, the on-going transitions to democracy and a market economy as well as the Europeanization process.

Foundations of Comparative Politics

Provides an introduction to key concepts and theoretical approaches in comparative politics. Major themes include the causes of democratization, economic development, ethnic conflict, and social revolutions; as well as the role of the state, political institutions, and civil society. Examines and critically evaluates different theoretical approaches to politics including modernization, Marxist, cultural, institutionalist, and leadership-centered approaches.