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NEW YORK UNIVERSITY

Graduate School of Arts & Science

Department of Politics

POL-GA. 3501.005 Political Development Dr. John P. Entelis


Fall 2011 Wednesday 4-6 19 West 4th Street, Room 432
Office Hours: Wednesday 3-4pm or by appointment (19W4, Room 304)
Contact: Email: entelis@fordham.edu; Tel: 212-636-6390; Fax: 201-265-6336

PURPOSE

This course will be organized as a combined colloquium/seminar involving a common set


of class readings, detailed discussion and analysis of those readings, and submission of
end-of-semester research paper. Conceptually, the course will be composed of three
separate but related parts: competing theories, approaches, and methodologies to the
study of political development; identification and discussion of selected analytical
constructs or themes in political development (e.g., gender & development, military &
development, political parties & development, political elites & development, etc.);
selection of country cases as empirical tests of theories and constructs previously
investigated. Two broad inquiries preoccupying both scholars and policy makers will
guide this course: the developmental dilemma and the democratic deficit. Each of
these puzzles, alone and in combination, will be explored through the readings and
research papers with applications to select country case studies. The course assumes prior
knowledge of basic political analysis, research methodology, and comparative politics.

READINGS (All required and available from area bookstores or on line)

Huntington, Samuel P. POLITICAL ORDER IN CHANGING SOCIETIES. New Haven


CT: Yale University Press, 2006 ed. with new introduction. ISBN: 0300116209.
Inglehart, Ronald and Christian Welzel. MODERNIZATION, CULTURAL CHANGE,
AND DEMOCRACY: THE HUMAN DEVELOPMENT SEQUENCE. NY:
Cambridge University Press, 2005. ISBN:0-521-60971-2.
Landman, Todd. ISSUES AND METHODS IN COMPARATIVE POLITICS: AN
INTRODUCTION. 3nd ed. London: Routledge, 2008. ISBN: 9780415412377
Levitsky, Steven and Lucan A. Way. COMPETITIVE AUTHORITARIANISM:
HYBRID REGIMES AFTER THE COLD WAR. Cambridge: Cambridge
University Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-521-70915-6
Przeworski, Adam and others. DEMOCRACY AND DEVELOPMENT: POLITICAL
INSTITUTIONS AND WELL-BEING IN THE WORLD, 1950-1990. NY:
Cambridge University Press, 2000. ISBN: 0-521-79379-3.
Przeworski, Adam. DEMOCRACY AND THE MARKET: POLITICAL AND
ECONOMIC REFORMS IN EASTERN EUROPE AND LATIN AMERICA.
NY: Cambridge University Press, 1991. 0-521-42335-X.
Sen, Amartya. DEVELOPMENT AS FREEDOM. NY: Anchor Books, 1999.
ISBN: 0-385-72027-0.
EXAMINATION

There will be two in-class, essay-type examinations covering the readings and class
lectures. Value: 20% each

RESEARCH PAPER

Each student will be required to produce a 20-25pp research paper following a broadly
common format: hypothesis, methodology, analytic construct, and country cases. Thus,
as example, hypothesizing the impact of religion on development using a most similar
systems design applied to Egypt and Algeria. Stages of the research will be reported
orally on a weekly basis. Value: 50%

CLASS ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION

As an advanced graduate course that only meets for two hours once a week it is essential
that students attend all classes regularly and participate actively in class discussions. Any
planned absences should be communicated to the professor as early as possible preferably
through email but also in person, by phone, or department mailbox. Value: 10%

READING SCHEDULE (Provisional and subject to change)

SEPTEMBER

07 Introduction

14 Theories & Methodologies Landman-1

21 Issues Landman-2

28 Political Order Huntington

OCTOBER

05 Modernization Inglehart-1

12 Modernization Inglehart-2

19 EXAMINATION #1

26 Development & Democracy Przeworski & others

NOVEMBER
02 Development & Democracy Przeworski & others

09 Democracy & Market Przeworski-1

16 Development as Freedom Sen

23 Competitive Authoritarianism Levitsky/Way

30 NO CLASS MONDAY SCHEDULE

DECEMBER

07 EXAMINATION #2

14 NO CLASS MONDAY SCHEDULE

21 ALL PAPERS DUE