Notes on the Following Topics

1.    Terms/Concepts from lectures and class discussions

a.      Economic Means/Models of economic management

b.     Economic spectrum, including ends of the spectrum and economic models as well as aggregate and distributive aims.

c.       Be able to fit our cases on the economic spectrum.

2.    British politics

a.      Know the basic structural components,

b.     Founding documents,

c.      Parliamentary dynamics,

d.      Major parties.

3.    German politics

a.      Know the history of the German state including post WWII era and

b.     Unification,

c.      Structure of political system,

d.     Lander,

e.      Political parties

4.    Communist Systems

a.       Be able to present on Marxist doctrine, including Marxism-Leninism, and Mao Zedong thought, Deng Xiaoping theory,

b.     Know the revolutionary sequence.

c.     Know party institutionalization and issues with democratizing post communism.

5.    Chinese politics

a.     Party-state relations,

b.    Regularize, state structures,

c.     NPC, party structures,

d.    Politburo leadership issues,

e.     Split in CP,

f.      Terms from constitution,

g.      One country –two systems

6.    Russian politics

a.      History of communism,

b.     Bolshevik revolution,

c.      Yeltsin, executive power,

d.     Putin,

e.      Most recent election issues – threshold change.

7.    Politics of Development

a.       Institutions of development –

b.     WB and IMF, GATT and WTO,

c.      Bretton Woods,

d.     Know strong state/weak state typology and themes in political development,

e.      Be able to define successful democratic transition

8.    Brazilian politics  

a.      History of colonial rule,

b.     Reform issues,

c.      Landless movement,

d.     Military rule,

e.      Political parties and

f.       Political structure

9.    Nigerian politics

a.      History, role of colonialism,

b.     Corruption and oil industry,

c.       Ethnic groups and role of ethnicity in parties and politics

10.Military’s role in politics

a.      Know different roles under democracies and non-democracies

11.Iranian politics

a.     Pahlavi dynasty,

b.    Shah,

c.      Ayatollah Khomeini,

d.    Majles,

e.      Faqih,

f.       Supreme leader,

g.     Imams,

h.    Shia-Sunni Islam,

i.       Political authorities

12.Sovereignty and legitimacy  

a.      Know challenges to sovereignty and role of global politics (hegemony and institutions),

b.     components of legitimacy

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