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Comparative Political Systems
Code: 160514
ECTS: 5.0
Lecturers in charge: doc. dr. sc. Marjeta Šinko
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All teaching activities in the course will be held on English. This level includes courses with multiple groups (i.e., all teaching will be held strictly in Croatian for Croatian groups, and strictly in English for English groups).

1. komponenta

Lecture typeTotal
Exercises 60
* Load is given in academic hour (1 academic hour = 45 minutes)
The course has three main objectives. First, it aims at introducing course participants to theoretical categories and analytical instruments for comparative research of political systems. The student shall acquire knowledge about different types of democratic political systems, their institutional design and transformation. Second, course participants shall acquire information about main concepts in comparative study of political systems, such as political system, government, autocratic and democratic political regimes, defective and embedded democracy, regime transition, consolidation of democracy, presidential and parliamentary systems, majoritarian and consensus democracies. Third, paradigmatic cases of political systems (United Kingdom, USA, France) and types of regimes and regime transformations are presented. Course participants shall acquire information about historical conditions of emergence, performance and transformation of different political systems and regimes.
Basic knowledge of main theories and concepts of political science and, more specifically, comparative politics is preferable for course enrolment.
  1. Jose Antonio Cheibub; Presidentialism, Parliamentarism, and Democracy; Cambridge University Press (2007), str. 26-48
  2. Robert Alan Dahl; The Democracy Sourcebook; MIT Press (2003), str. 29-39
  3. Maurice Duverger; A New Political System Model: Semi-Presidential Government; European Journal of Political Research 8(2) (1980), str. 165-187
  4. Arend Lijphart; Patterns of Democracy; Yale University Press (2012), str. 1-60
  5. Wolfgang Merkel; Embedded and Defective Democracies.; Democratization 11(5) (2004), str. 33-58
  6. Nenad Zakošek; Democratization, State-building and War: The Cases of Serbia and Croatia.; Democratization 15(3) (2008), str. 588-610
  7. G. Bingham Powell, Jr., Russell J. Dalton, Kaare Strom; Comparative Politics Today; Pearson College Division (2014), str. 148-243, 678-725
  8. Samuel P. Huntington; Democracy s Third Wave; Journal of Democracy 2(2) (1991), str. 12-34
1. semester
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