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17.50 Introduction to Comparative Politics (MIT) 17.50 Introduction to Comparative Politics (MIT)

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This class first offers some basic analytical frameworks - culture, social structure, and institutions - that you can use to examine a wide range of political outcomes. We then use these frameworks to understand (1) the relationship between democracy and economic development and (2) the relative centralization of political authority across countries. We will use theoretical arguments and a wide range of case studies to address several questions: Why are some countries democratic and others not? How does democracy affect economic development and political conflict? Why do some countries centralize power while others threaten to fall apart through secession and civil war? We will use examples from a wide range of countries including Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Iraq, Italy, Mexico, and the Un This class first offers some basic analytical frameworks - culture, social structure, and institutions - that you can use to examine a wide range of political outcomes. We then use these frameworks to understand (1) the relationship between democracy and economic development and (2) the relative centralization of political authority across countries. We will use theoretical arguments and a wide range of case studies to address several questions: Why are some countries democratic and others not? How does democracy affect economic development and political conflict? Why do some countries centralize power while others threaten to fall apart through secession and civil war? We will use examples from a wide range of countries including Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Iraq, Italy, Mexico, and the Un

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Democracy | political institutions | economic development | political conflict | ethnic conflict | India | Weimar Germany | market-oriented reform | Brazil | corruption | Mexico | ethnic violence | Yugoslavia | post-Communist Russia | China | Democracy | political institutions | economic development | political conflict | ethnic conflict | India | Weimar Germany | market-oriented reform | Brazil | corruption | Mexico | ethnic violence | Yugoslavia | post-Communist Russia | China | Democracy | Democracy | political institutions | political institutions | economic development | economic development | political conflict | political conflict | ethnic conflict | ethnic conflict | India | India | Weimar Germany | Weimar Germany | market-oriented reform | market-oriented reform | Brazil | Brazil | corruption | corruption | Mexico | Mexico | ethnic violence | ethnic violence | Yugoslavia | Yugoslavia | post-Communist Russia | post-Communist Russia | China | China

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The Boundaries Review is a chance to bring back multi-member constituencies The Boundaries Review is a chance to bring back multi-member constituencies

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In earlier generations voters were spoiled for choice. Between 1832 and 1885 many had more than one vote in general elections. The British parliament contained county and borough constituencies and these, depending on size, would return two to four MPs with voters able to vote for as many candidates as there were seats to be filled. A recipe for chaos, perhaps, but there were advantages to these multi-member constituencies. For instance, the Liberals could put up a left-wing radical as well as a traditional Whig, thus broadening their appeal to the electorate. [One wonders whether such an approach could appeal ... In earlier generations voters were spoiled for choice. Between 1832 and 1885 many had more than one vote in general elections. The British parliament contained county and borough constituencies and these, depending on size, would return two to four MPs with voters able to vote for as many candidates as there were seats to be filled. A recipe for chaos, perhaps, but there were advantages to these multi-member constituencies. For instance, the Liberals could put up a left-wing radical as well as a traditional Whig, thus broadening their appeal to the electorate. [One wonders whether such an approach could appeal ...

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British Politics | British Politics | Democracy and Elections | Democracy and Elections | british elections | british elections | Elections | Elections

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Democracy, Development and Income Distribution Democracy, Development and Income Distribution

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In this dense and absorbing review, Professor Ben Ansell explains how past and current models have failed to capture the paradox that development may lead to greater income inequality. He explores the roles of actors and structures in his own approach to the study of this relationship and casts a critical light on the plight of those who live in poverty despite democratization. Turning to the other end of the income spectrum, he discusses the global trend towards capital mobility and how it relates and affects different political systems. Overall, Inequality and Democratization raises a number of critical and highly relevant questions concerning the relationship between political systems and income distribution. The post Democracy, Development and Income Distribution appeared first on OxPo In this dense and absorbing review, Professor Ben Ansell explains how past and current models have failed to capture the paradox that development may lead to greater income inequality. He explores the roles of actors and structures in his own approach to the study of this relationship and casts a critical light on the plight of those who live in poverty despite democratization. Turning to the other end of the income spectrum, he discusses the global trend towards capital mobility and how it relates and affects different political systems. Overall, Inequality and Democratization raises a number of critical and highly relevant questions concerning the relationship between political systems and income distribution. The post Democracy, Development and Income Distribution appeared first on OxPo

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Book Reviews | Book Reviews | Democracy | Democracy | Development | Development | inequality | inequality | Political Economy | Political Economy

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Timothy Garton Ash on the first issue since the assassinations, and its Muhammad cartoon cover. Timothy Garton Ash on the first issue since the assassinations, and its Muhammad cartoon cover.

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Art | Art | News | News | Blasphemy | Blasphemy | Censorship | Censorship | Civility | Civility | Democracy | Democracy | Freedom | Freedom | Islam | Islam | Journalism | Journalism | Religion | Religion | Violence | Violence

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Four Lessons from Brexit and its Fallout Four Lessons from Brexit and its Fallout

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There is no shortage of lessons to be learned from Brexit and its fallout – for politicians, businesses and the public alike. For strategists, analysts and advisors, these past few weeks have provided a host of examples of both good and bad practice. Surveying recent events, four take-aways stand out: 1) Forecast, don’t predict No one predicted this. Nor did the polls or the betting markets. Even the leaders of the Leave campaign did not predict Brexit. More than this, though, no one predicted that within weeks of a vote all of the Leave campaign’s victorious leaders would have resigned ... There is no shortage of lessons to be learned from Brexit and its fallout – for politicians, businesses and the public alike. For strategists, analysts and advisors, these past few weeks have provided a host of examples of both good and bad practice. Surveying recent events, four take-aways stand out: 1) Forecast, don’t predict No one predicted this. Nor did the polls or the betting markets. Even the leaders of the Leave campaign did not predict Brexit. More than this, though, no one predicted that within weeks of a vote all of the Leave campaign’s victorious leaders would have resigned ...

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Brexit | Brexit | British Politics | British Politics | Democracy and Elections | Democracy and Elections | European Politics and Society | European Politics and Society | International Institutions | International Institutions | brexit | brexit

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Timothy Garton Ash on the first issue since the assassinations, and its Muhammad cartoon cover. Timothy Garton Ash on the first issue since the assassinations, and its Muhammad cartoon cover.

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Art | Art | News | News | Blasphemy | Blasphemy | Censorship | Censorship | Civility | Civility | Democracy | Democracy | Freedom | Freedom | Islam | Islam | Journalism | Journalism | Religion | Religion | Violence | Violence

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Art | Art | News | News | Blasphemy | Blasphemy | Censorship | Censorship | Civility | Civility | Democracy | Democracy | Freedom | Freedom | Islam | Islam | Journalism | Journalism | Religion | Religion | Violence | Violence

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Art | Art | News | News | Blasphemy | Blasphemy | Censorship | Censorship | Civility | Civility | Democracy | Democracy | Freedom | Freedom | Islam | Islam | Journalism | Journalism | Religion | Religion | Violence | Violence

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Art | Art | News | News | Blasphemy | Blasphemy | Censorship | Censorship | Civility | Civility | Democracy | Democracy | Freedom | Freedom | Islam | Islam | Journalism | Journalism | Religion | Religion | Violence | Violence

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Art | Art | News | News | Blasphemy | Blasphemy | Censorship | Censorship | Civility | Civility | Democracy | Democracy | Freedom | Freedom | Islam | Islam | Journalism | Journalism | Religion | Religion | Violence | Violence

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21G.084J Introduction to Latin American Studies (MIT) 21G.084J Introduction to Latin American Studies (MIT)

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This course is designed as an introduction to Latin American politics and society for undergraduates at MIT. No background on the region is required. Overall workload (reading, writing, class participation, and examinations) is similar to that of other HASS-D courses. Many of the themes raised here are covered in greater detail in other courses: 21G.020J (New World Literature), 21G.716 (Introduction to Contemporary Hispanic Literature), 21G.730 (Twentieth and Twentyfirst-Century Spanish American Literaturere), 21G.735 (Advanced Topics in Hispanic Literature and Film), 21A.220 (The Conquest of America), 21H.802 (Modern Latin America), 3.982 (The Ancient Andean World), 3.983 (Ancient Mesoamerican Civilization), 17.507 (Democratization and Democratic Collapse), and 17.554 (Political Economy o This course is designed as an introduction to Latin American politics and society for undergraduates at MIT. No background on the region is required. Overall workload (reading, writing, class participation, and examinations) is similar to that of other HASS-D courses. Many of the themes raised here are covered in greater detail in other courses: 21G.020J (New World Literature), 21G.716 (Introduction to Contemporary Hispanic Literature), 21G.730 (Twentieth and Twentyfirst-Century Spanish American Literaturere), 21G.735 (Advanced Topics in Hispanic Literature and Film), 21A.220 (The Conquest of America), 21H.802 (Modern Latin America), 3.982 (The Ancient Andean World), 3.983 (Ancient Mesoamerican Civilization), 17.507 (Democratization and Democratic Collapse), and 17.554 (Political Economy o

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21G.084 | 21G.084 | 21A.224 | 21A.224 | market-oriented reform | market-oriented reform | Latin America | Latin America | conquest | conquest | slavery | slavery | race | race | class | class | Salvador Allende | Salvador Allende | Democracy | Democracy | revolution | revolution | Environment | Environment | ecology | ecology | land disputes | land disputes

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21G.084J Introduction to Latin American Studies (MIT) 21G.084J Introduction to Latin American Studies (MIT)

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This HASS-D/CI course is designed as an introduction to Latin American politics and society for undergraduates at MIT. No background on the region is required. Overall workload (reading, writing, class participation, and examinations) is similar to that of other HASS-D courses. Many of the themes raised here are covered in greater detail in other courses: 21F.020J (New World Literature), 21F.716 (Introduction to Contemporary Hispanic Literature), 21F.730 (Twentieth-Century Hispanic American Literature), 21F.735 (Advanced Topics in Hispanic Literature and Film), 21A.220 (The Conquest of America), 21H.802 (Modern Latin America), 3.982 (The Ancient Andean World), 3.983 (Ancient Mesoamerican Civilization), 17.508 (Regime Change), and 17.554 (Political Economy of Latin America). This HASS-D/CI course is designed as an introduction to Latin American politics and society for undergraduates at MIT. No background on the region is required. Overall workload (reading, writing, class participation, and examinations) is similar to that of other HASS-D courses. Many of the themes raised here are covered in greater detail in other courses: 21F.020J (New World Literature), 21F.716 (Introduction to Contemporary Hispanic Literature), 21F.730 (Twentieth-Century Hispanic American Literature), 21F.735 (Advanced Topics in Hispanic Literature and Film), 21A.220 (The Conquest of America), 21H.802 (Modern Latin America), 3.982 (The Ancient Andean World), 3.983 (Ancient Mesoamerican Civilization), 17.508 (Regime Change), and 17.554 (Political Economy of Latin America).

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market-oriented reform | market-oriented reform | Latin America | Latin America | conquest | conquest | slavery | slavery | race | race | class | class | Salvador Allende | Salvador Allende | Democracy | Democracy | revolution | revolution | Environment | Environment | ecology | ecology | land disputes | land disputes | 21F.084J | 21F.084J | 21F.084 | 21F.084 | 21A.224 | 21A.224

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Timothy Garton Ash on the first issue since the assassinations, and its Muhammad cartoon cover. Timothy Garton Ash on the first issue since the assassinations, and its Muhammad cartoon cover.

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Art | Art | News | News | Blasphemy | Blasphemy | Censorship | Censorship | Civility | Civility | Democracy | Democracy | Freedom | Freedom | Islam | Islam | Journalism | Journalism | Religion | Religion | Violence | Violence

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Art | Art | News | News | Blasphemy | Blasphemy | Censorship | Censorship | Civility | Civility | Democracy | Democracy | Freedom | Freedom | Islam | Islam | Journalism | Journalism | Religion | Religion | Violence | Violence

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Art | Art | News | News | Blasphemy | Blasphemy | Censorship | Censorship | Civility | Civility | Democracy | Democracy | Freedom | Freedom | Islam | Islam | Journalism | Journalism | Religion | Religion | Violence | Violence

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Primaries as Sports and Spectacle: Sports Metaphors in Twenty-First Century Presidential Primary Debates Primaries as Sports and Spectacle: Sports Metaphors in Twenty-First Century Presidential Primary Debates

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‘The Brawl Begins’, an article about the 2016 primaries in The Economist provides the most overt manifestation of how a discourse of sports has permeated contemporary political reporting. Describing elections as a “jaw-dropping spectacle” or referring to the Iowa caucuses as the “opening round” in a political boxing match, a prime example of horse-race journalism, is particularly prevalent in presidential primary elections. This is due to the lengthening of the primary period and the truism that the “newsworthiness of what a candidate says about public policies is limited” because “once a candidate makes known his position on an issue, further statements concerning ... ‘The Brawl Begins’, an article about the 2016 primaries in The Economist provides the most overt manifestation of how a discourse of sports has permeated contemporary political reporting. Describing elections as a “jaw-dropping spectacle” or referring to the Iowa caucuses as the “opening round” in a political boxing match, a prime example of horse-race journalism, is particularly prevalent in presidential primary elections. This is due to the lengthening of the primary period and the truism that the “newsworthiness of what a candidate says about public policies is limited” because “once a candidate makes known his position on an issue, further statements concerning ...

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Democracy and Elections | Democracy and Elections | Media | Media | US Politics | US Politics | American Politics | American Politics | Sport | Sport | US Elections | US Elections

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s unfinished revolution? An interview with Hordur Torfason s unfinished revolution? An interview with Hordur Torfason

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In this Q&A, I discuss the prospects for 'unfreezing' the draft new constitution with Hordur Torfason, the award-winning human rights activist credited with starting Iceland's 'pots and pans revolution'. Question: You’re credited as the person who started the “pots and pans revolution” in Iceland. How did the protests start? Torfason: I’m 70 years old this year. I started becoming an activist around 20 years old. Not that I wanted to become an activist, not at all. But I’m gay and it tells you a story that I’m the first gay man in the history of Iceland who steps forward. When I was 30 years old I was very famous. Everybody knew my song. I was on television, radio, doing concerts, LPs. I was doing everything that a young man can dream of. I was close to be a star or In this Q&A, I discuss the prospects for 'unfreezing' the draft new constitution with Hordur Torfason, the award-winning human rights activist credited with starting Iceland's 'pots and pans revolution'. Question: You’re credited as the person who started the “pots and pans revolution” in Iceland. How did the protests start? Torfason: I’m 70 years old this year. I started becoming an activist around 20 years old. Not that I wanted to become an activist, not at all. But I’m gay and it tells you a story that I’m the first gay man in the history of Iceland who steps forward. When I was 30 years old I was very famous. Everybody knew my song. I was on television, radio, doing concerts, LPs. I was doing everything that a young man can dream of. I was close to be a star or

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Democracy and Elections | Democracy and Elections | European Politics and Society | European Politics and Society | Great Charter Convention | Great Charter Convention | Law | Law | Political Economy | Political Economy | Q&A's | Q&A's

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Art | Art | News | News | Blasphemy | Blasphemy | Censorship | Censorship | Civility | Civility | Democracy | Democracy | Freedom | Freedom | Islam | Islam | Journalism | Journalism | Religion | Religion | Violence | Violence

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Art | Art | News | News | Blasphemy | Blasphemy | Censorship | Censorship | Civility | Civility | Democracy | Democracy | Freedom | Freedom | Islam | Islam | Journalism | Journalism | Religion | Religion | Violence | Violence

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Colombia has voted no on its plebiscite for peace. Here’s why and what it means Colombia has voted no on its plebiscite for peace. Here’s why and what it means

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On Sunday, the Colombian people rejected the recent peace deal that the Colombian government had reached with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) after 52 years of civil war. The plebiscite narrowly failed: 50.2 percent rejected the peace accord, while 49.8 percent were in favour. What, exactly, were Colombians voting on? Colombians cast votes on whether they support the peace agreement, reached in August and formally signed on Sept. 26. The content of the 297-page peace accord had been made public before the vote. Who voted no? The “no” vote is not representative of all Colombians. Less than 40 ... On Sunday, the Colombian people rejected the recent peace deal that the Colombian government had reached with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) after 52 years of civil war. The plebiscite narrowly failed: 50.2 percent rejected the peace accord, while 49.8 percent were in favour. What, exactly, were Colombians voting on? Colombians cast votes on whether they support the peace agreement, reached in August and formally signed on Sept. 26. The content of the 297-page peace accord had been made public before the vote. Who voted no? The “no” vote is not representative of all Colombians. Less than 40 ...

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Americas | Americas | Democracy and Elections | Democracy and Elections | Fragile and Post Conflict States | Fragile and Post Conflict States | Terrorism and Security | Terrorism and Security | Colombia | Colombia | FARC | FARC

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Art | Art | News | News | Blasphemy | Blasphemy | Censorship | Censorship | Civility | Civility | Democracy | Democracy | Freedom | Freedom | Islam | Islam | Journalism | Journalism | Religion | Religion | Violence | Violence

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17.53 Democratization in Asia, Africa, and Latin America (MIT) 17.53 Democratization in Asia, Africa, and Latin America (MIT)

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Recent years have seen an astonishing spread of democracy to many African, Asian, and Latin American countries. What caused these dramatic political transitions? What challenges do democratizing countries in the Third World face? Will these new democracies endure? We will take up these questions using film, fiction, and popular journalism, as well as scholarly research. We will also focus on a small number of countries (Brazil, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Senegal, Singapore, and Sri Lanka) in order to explore in greater depth some of the most important political challenges faced by developing countries. Although the class focuses on the developing world, many of the lessons should "travel" to democratizing countries in other regions. Recent years have seen an astonishing spread of democracy to many African, Asian, and Latin American countries. What caused these dramatic political transitions? What challenges do democratizing countries in the Third World face? Will these new democracies endure? We will take up these questions using film, fiction, and popular journalism, as well as scholarly research. We will also focus on a small number of countries (Brazil, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Senegal, Singapore, and Sri Lanka) in order to explore in greater depth some of the most important political challenges faced by developing countries. Although the class focuses on the developing world, many of the lessons should "travel" to democratizing countries in other regions.

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Sri Lanka | Sri Lanka | Singapore | Singapore | Senegal | Senegal | Nigeria | Nigeria | Mexico | Mexico | India | India | Brazil | Brazil | Third World | Third World | Latin America | Latin America | Asian | Asian | Africa | Africa | Democracy | Democracy

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Kompromat or not, Russia already has a winner in Trump Kompromat or not, Russia already has a winner in Trump

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By all accounts the relationship between President Donald Trump and the Kremlin holds the makings of a dark, Hollywood thriller. Trump is a US President at war with his own intelligence agencies, whilst denying ? only to later admit ? Russian interference in the election. Freshly inaugurated, he already faces comparisons to a modern-day Manchurian Candidate, referring to the 1959 novel about a brainwashed president controlled by sinister, external forces. But how fair is this? And do we really know what the Russians are up to? As a political scientist, my research examines the tools of contemporary warfare and influence ... By all accounts the relationship between President Donald Trump and the Kremlin holds the makings of a dark, Hollywood thriller. Trump is a US President at war with his own intelligence agencies, whilst denying ? only to later admit ? Russian interference in the election. Freshly inaugurated, he already faces comparisons to a modern-day Manchurian Candidate, referring to the 1959 novel about a brainwashed president controlled by sinister, external forces. But how fair is this? And do we really know what the Russians are up to? As a political scientist, my research examines the tools of contemporary warfare and influence ...

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Democracy and Elections | Democracy and Elections | International Relations | International Relations | US Politics | US Politics | 2016 Elections | 2016 Elections | Donald Trump | Donald Trump | Espionage | Espionage | Russia | Russia

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