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Political Science Introductory Courses

POLISCI 12N. Democracy and Inequality in Latin America

(F,Sem) Stanford Introductory Seminar. Preference to freshmen. The relationship between inequality, attributable to factors such as education, assets, land tenure and family structure, and the spread of democracy. The role of colonial institutions founded on the extraction of mineral resources and plantation labor relations; the deficit in political institutions that often led to the exclusion of the poor; the lack of rule of law and enforcement of property rights; the slow expansion of educational systems; the links between enfranchisement and literacy requirements; and the role of military coups and the frequent interruption of democratic politics.

5 units, Spr (Diaz-Cayeros, A)

POLISCI 13N. 2008 Presidential Election

(F,Sem) Stanford Introductory Seminar. Preference to freshmen. Analytical framework for understanding the U.S. presidential election campaign. Focus is on historical election results, survey data, and experimental data. Concepts from political science, such as party identification and the spatial voting model, and statistics, such as sampling error and survey bias. GER:DB-SocSci

5 units, Aut (Jackman, S)

POLISCI 16N. Politics of Economic Development

(F,Sem) Stanford Introductory Seminar. Preference to freshmen. Why are some countries rich and others poor? What explains the policies that governments adopt, and how do those policies affect economic performance? Readings from political science and economics about Latin America and other regions. GER:DB-SocSci

5 units, Win (Tomz, M)

POLISCI 41Q. Building Democracy after Conflict: Iraq in Comparative Perspective

(S,Sem) Stanford Introductory Seminar. Preference to sophomores. Problems of post-conflict situations, the conditions for building democracy and how they relate to post-conflict situations, and historical experiences such as Germany and Japan. Iraq as a principal case study.

5 units, Win (Diamond, L)

POLISCI 43N. Oil, Regime Change, and Conflict

(S,Sem) Stanford Introductory Seminar. Preference to sophomores. Relationships among dependence on oil export, democratization and authoritarian rule, and rising conflict. Case studies including Venezuela, Nigeria, Iran, Iraq, Chad, and Indonesia. The resource curse: the impact of oil on a country's political economy. The relationship between such economic dependence and regime type. Why oil exporting countries are more prone to conflict and civil war than other countries. Research paper.

5 units, Aut (Karl, T)

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