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GOVERNMENT

GOVT-637
Comparative Politics: Regions in Comparative Perspective (3)

Course Level: Graduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Special topics dealing with the former Soviet Union, Western Europe, the Middle East, Africa, communist China, Japan, and others.

GOVT-637
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GOVERNMENT
SPRING 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Comparative Politics: Regions in Comparative Perspective (3)

Politics in the Middle East

To understand the contemporary constellation of regime types, authority structures, and state-society relations in the Middle East, this course begins with a brief analysis of the rise of Islam, the Arab and Ottoman Empires, the penetration of European economic and political power in the region, and the simultaneous decline of the Ottoman Empire. The course draws upon the theoretical insights and methodologies of comparative politics to examine politics in the region, concentrating on a few case studies to elucidate these general issues. It examines both the success of the powerful in the region and the resistance, opposition and repression of various groups bound together by ethnic, regional, religious, class, and gender solidarities. The course focuses primarily on domestic politics and societal and political institutions in the region.