Political Science | Political Parties in Comparative Perspective (3 cr)
Y657 | 9163 | Hale
This course examines classic and new social science literature on the
origins and role of political parties and party system.s. Some of the
questions to address include the following. Why do politicians create
political parties? Why do some parties succeed while others fail? Are strong
parties a relic of the past, rendered increasingly obsolete by modern mass
media and declining political loyalties? Why do different coutnries develop
different kinds of party systems? Are parties necessary for stable
democracy? What does international experience tell us about the likelihood
of a serious third party becoming a permanent fixture of American politics?
Countries examined will include the United States, Western Europe, the
former Communist world, India, and others.