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Introduction to Comparative Politics


How can we explain the variety of political regimes existing in the world ? Why are some countries democratic and others not ? What are the consequences of electoral systems ? Is there a regime ensuring political stability ? These are some of the questions that will be covered in this course. This course constitutes an introduction to the discipline of comparative politics for first year students. Students will discover the important authors of discipline, study various examples drawn from Western Europe in particular to understand the debates of comparative politics, and will be introduced with current issues showing the relevance of comparative politics to understand the contemporary political debates. The first part focuses on state formation, democratization, and typologies of political regimes. The second part deals with the organization of power in Western democracies (government, parliament, etc). The final part focuses on three in depth case studies illustrating the relevance of comparative politics to understand the United States, Italy, and Belgium.

Pré-requis souhaités

None (except for a good command of English).


Le nombre de crédits ECTS et les modalités d’évaluation sont susceptibles d’être différents pour les étudiants en programmes d’échange à crédits.

Bibliographie indicative

  • Caramani, Daniele (2010). Comparative Politics, Oxford, Oxford University Press.
  • Grossman, E. & N. Sauger (2007). Introduction aux systèmes politiques nationaux de l’UE, De Boeck. Mair, P., Gallagher, M., Laver, M. Representative government in modern Europe, 2011, Londres, McGraw Hill.
  • Lijphart, A. (1999), Patterns of Democracy. Government Forms and Performance in Thirty-Six Countries, New Haven, Yale University Press.
  • Siaroff, Alan (2013). Comparing political regimes, Toronto, University of Toronto Press.

Formule pédagogique

One hour and a half seminar each week, required readings when indicated.

En bref

Année 1 | Première année

Langue d'enseignementAnglais

Temporalité Semestriel

Crédits ECTS 1.0

Nombre d'heures 18.0

Type d'enseignementCours magistral

Mode de validationExamen terminal écrit

Enseignement obligatoire

Ouvert aux étudiants en échange


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