Political Science | Comparative Urban Politics
Y200 | 0518 | Payne


This course investigates the political environments existing in
cities around the world.  Before such an analysis begins, however, we
must collectively understand the purposes of cities and their uses in
a comparative lens.  Hence, students will be exposed to ongoing
debates involving policy provision, political organization, and
social problems that emerge when placing a large population within a
tightly contained geographic unit.

By looking at cases from around the world, ranging from Chile to
China, the course will ask the students the following question: what
provides political stability in an urban area?  Each student will be
encouraged to bring his or her own ideas into this conversation and
through the combination of readings, discussions, and individual
work, students will begin to understand the contemporary nature of
comparative urban politics.

Students should expect three assigned books for the course with
supplemental reading as needed.  We will be reading personal accounts
of city life, theories of urban planning, models of urban political
stability, works on urban culture, and the dangers associated with
urbanization.  The course will culminate in a final paper based on
the original ideas of the students.