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This list relates to the semester Semester Two 2017/18 which ended on 31/08/2018
  1. Week 2 - Tutorial 1: What is comparative politics? 1 item
    Discussion question: What are the most effective approaches and methods in the study of politics?
    1. Required reading (read this before class): 1 item
      1. Political Science and the Three New Institutionalisms - Peter A. Hall, Rosemary C. R. Taylor 12/1996

        Article Essential

  2. Week 3 - Tutorial 2: Definitions and Measures in Comparative Politics 2 items
    Discussion question: What are the most useful forms of measurement in comparative politics?
    1. Required reading (read these before class): 2 items
      1. Political science: the state of the discipline II - Ada W. Finifter, American Political Science Association 1993

        Book Essential See: The Comparative Method. Collier, D.

      2. Comparative politics today: a world view 2015

        Book Essential See: Chapter 2: Comparative Political Systems.button.

  3. Week 4 - Tutorial 3: Defining democracy and authoritarianism 2 items
    Discussion question: What are the most important differences between democracy and authoritarianism?
    1. Required reading (read these before class): 2 items
      1. Comparative politics - Daniele Caramani c2014

        Book Essential See: Chapter 6: Authoritarian Regimes. Brooker, P.

  4. Week 5 - Tutorial 4: Democratic failure and consolidation in Germany 1 item
    Discussion question: How can we best explain why democracy failed in the Weimar Republic but succeeded in the Bonn and Berlin Republics?
    1. Required reading (read this before class): 1 item
      1. Why Democracies Collapse: The Reasons for Democratic Failure and Success - Abraham Diskin, Hanna Diskin and Reuven Y. Hazan 2005

        Article Essential

  5. Week 6 - Tutorial 5: Improving essay-writing skills 1 item
    1. This session will go over essay-writing skills. You should read the document Studying Politics, which is available on the class's Moodle page (you might have read this last semester for Politics 1A).

  6. Week 7 1 item
    1. ESSAY DUE - NO TUTORIALS

  7. Week 8 - Tutorial 6: What regime type is Russia? 2 items
    Discussion question: How do we classify Russia – is it democratic or authoritarian?
    1. Required reading (read these before class): 2 items
      1. Why Russia is Not a Democracy - Steven Rosefielde, Romana Hlouskova 09/08/2007

        Article Essential

      2. Understanding Russian politics - Stephen White c2011

        Book Essential See: Chapter 8: What kind of system?

  8. WeeK 9 - Tutorial 7: China’s political system – State, society and economy in a rising power 2 items
    Discussion questions: Why might we have expected China to democratise? Why do you think that it has not (yet?) experienced a democratic transition?
    1. Required reading (read these before class): 2 items
      1. The dictator's dilemma: the Chinese Communist Party's strategy for survival - Bruce J. Dickson 2016

        Book Essential See: Chapter 1: Dickson, B. J. ‘The CCP’s strategies for survival’.

  9. Week 10 - Tutorial 8: Explaining democratic transitions and consolidation; return of essays 2 items
    Discussion question: •Is democratic consolidation a useful concept?
    1. Required reading (read these before class): 2 items
      1. Consolidating the third wave democracies: themes and perspectives - Larry Jay Diamond c1997

        Book Essential See: Illusions about Consolidation. O'Donnell, G.

  10. Week 11 - Tutorial 9: The relationship between market economies and democracy 2 items
    Discussion question: Can we understand politics separately from economics, especially when applied to a particular national context?
    1. Required reading (read these before class): 2 items
      1. Neoliberalism in crisis - Henk Overbeek, Bastiaan van Apeldoorn 2012 (electronic resource)

        Book Essential See: Nolke A., The rise of the 'B(R)IC variety of capitalism, pp. 117-137.