Political Science | Political Violence & Revolution
Y396 | 3704 | Rasler
This section is open to majors only.
This section COAS intensive writing section and also
requires registration in COAS W333.
This section p - at least junior standing.
This course analyzes the major theories of the origins and
characteristics of collective violence within polities-riots, rebellions,
civil wars, revolutions. These theories will range from micro models of
collective action (e.g., rational, social psychological and resource
mobilization) to societal models of state breakdown (e.g., the role of
geopolitical competition and the capitalist world economy). Since these
perspectives are rooted in the works of classical theorists, the
contributions of Marx, Pareto, Durkheim, Weber, Coser and Parsons will be
analyzed as well.
The second part of the course will address the consequences
of civil war and revolution on national institutions and political
processes. In particular, the extent to which revolutionaries are able to
reshape civil-state societal relationships.