S. Vassallo ( ed), Sistemi politici comparati, Bologna: Il Mulino, 2016.
One additional volume among:
(1) Luca Germano, Pietro Grilli di Cortona, Orazio Lanza (eds.) (2014), Come cadono i regimi non democratici, Napoli: Editoriale Scientifica.
(2) Jan-Werner Muller, Cos'è il populismo, Milano: Università Bocconi Editore, 2017
(3) Enrico Calossi, Anti-Austerity Left Parties in the European Union. Competition, Coordination, Integration, Pisa: Pisa University Press, 2016.
(4) Andrea Pirro, The Populist Radical Right in Central and Eastern Europe: Ideology, Impact, and Electoral Performance, London: Routledge, 2015.
(5) Gianfranco Pasquino e Marco Valbruzzi, Changing Republic. Politics and Democracy in Italy Autore, Epoké, 2015.
(6) Arend Lijphart, Le democrazie contemporanee, Il Mulino (2001).
(7) Sergio Fabbrini (2011), Addomesticare il principe. Perché i leader contano e come controllarli, Marsilio.
At the end of the course, the student is expected to:
- have acquired a good knowledge and understanding of the main theories and concepts of comparative politics
- have acquired skills to apply comparative toolkits empirically.
-have acquired a up-date knowledge of Western and esatern European political systems.
- have acquired a good ability to identify the research design: the formulation of problems, the variables under scrutiny, the literature review.
- be able to critically assess the literature.
- Course to be included in the student's programme after the completion of the course of Political Science (1st year BA).
The course consists of lectures and seminars provided by students and visiting professors on specific topics.
The language of instruction is Italian.
Reading of international press.
Students with special needs or students that cannot attend classes are kindly required to contact S. Soare for a specially designed meeting in loco o via skype.
Type of Assessment
The course examination consists of:
i) written exam
ii) review of an academic text (one of the volumes included in the bibliography).
Active participation: 75% attendance + participation to 3 seminars of the course.
1) Introduction to Comparative Politics
2) Regime Types
3) Elections and parties
4) Parliaments and governments
5) Models of Democracy
6) EU Democracies
7. Extra-EU democracies
- United States
- South Africa.