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POS 204 - Introduction to Comparative Politics: Start Here

Basic concepts and substance of comparing political systems. Includes methods of comparative political analysis, nations and states, democratic and nondemocratic systems, constitutions and political ideologies, governmental and linkage institutions and el

Comparative Politics

Comparative politics is a subfield of political science. It is the systematic comparison of our worlds political systems. Comparative politics seeks to explain the differences and similarities between the politics, political behavior, and political institutions in our country (or between our country and other countries).  

Many people in the field study the dynamics of political conflict and cooperation. Others investigate the relationship between wealth and democracy. Others research into democratic institutions and competitive elections. There are also a host of professionals and researchers studying autocracy and authoritarianism. Others center on studying political liberalism. 

Comparative politics have bought forth many common political ideas which we hear on a daily basis. During our last election how many times did you hear that competent, politically active citizens help sustain democracy. That truth comes from comparative politics.  

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Lasky, J. (2022). Comparative politicsSalem Press Encyclopedia.