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title Political Systems
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Description/Outcomes This course offers a broad introduction to comparative political systems, the subfield of political science concerned mainly with political ideas, institutions, and behavior within states. The course examines such themes as the origins and s of states, formal institutions such as legislatures and executives, the variety and impact of electoral systems, the nature of democracy and autocracy, internal and external challenges to political order, and the impact of international and domestic factors on state performance. Discussions of theoretical and cross-regional issues will be accompanied by treatment of individual countries and contexts.
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