Jezik | Language: HRV ENG
Democracy and Economic Development
Šifra: 103536
ECTS: 7.0
Nositelji: izv. prof. dr. sc. Andrija Henjak
Izvođači: doc. dr. sc. Daniela Širinić - Seminar

doc. dr. sc. Marko Grdešić - Predavanja
doc. dr. sc. Višeslav Raos - Predavanja
doc. dr. sc. Daniela Širinić - Predavanja
Prijava ispita: Studomat
Engleski jezik:


Svi elementi nastave na predmetu provode se na engleskom jeziku. Ova razina uključuje i predmete s više nastavnih grupa (u hrvatskoj grupi nastava je isključivo na hrvatskom jeziku, a u engleskoj grupi isključivo na engleskom jeziku).

1. komponenta

Vrsta nastaveUkupno
Predavanja 30
Seminar 30
* Opterećenje je izraženo u školskim satima (1 školski sat = 45 minuta)
Opis predmeta:
  1. Ronald Inglehard, Christian Welzel; Modernization, Cultural Change and Democracy; Oxford University Press (2005), str. 1-300
  2. Todd Landman; Issues and Methods in Comparative Politics; Routledge (2013), str. 99-130
  3. Colin Crouch; Post-democracy; Polity, Cambridge (2004), str. 1-127
Preporučena literatura:
  1. Dietrich Rueschemeyer, Evelyne Huber Stephens, John D. Stephens; Capitalist Development and Democracy; University of Chicago Press (1992), str. 1-301
  2. Gregory Luebbert; Liberalism, Fascism, or Social Democracy; Oxford University Press (1991), str. 15-315
  3. Dorothee Bohle, Bela Greskovits; Capitalist Diversity on Europe s Periphery; Cornell University Press (2012), str. 55-222
1. semestar
Usmjerenje KOMPARATIVNA POLITIKA dp 1. semestar - Redovni studij - Diplomski sveučilišni studij Politologija
Usmjerenje POLITIČKI SUSTAV HRVATSKE dp 1. semestar - Redovni studij - Diplomski sveučilišni studij Politologija
Izborni predmeti DPNS 1. semestar - Redovni studij - Diplomski sveučilišni studij Politologija; smjer: Nacionalna sigurnost
Izborni predmeti DPNS 1. semestar - Izvanredni studij - Diplomski sveučilišni studij Politologija; smjer: Nacionalna sigurnost - izvanredni
IZBORNI MES 1-2 - Redovni studij - Master of European Studies
Izborni GS-1 - Redovni studij - Preddiplomski sveučilišni studij Novinarstvo
Izborni GS-1 - Redovni studij - Preddiplomski sveučilišni studij Politologija

3. semestar
Izborni SDN 2-1 - Redovni studij - Diplomski sveučilišni studij Novinarstvo
Termini konzultacija:
Objavljeno: 17. 7. 2021. u 17:07
Nenad Zakošek

Paulo Simić           vrlo dobar (4)

Ivan Vladova         vrlo dobar (4)


Prof. dr. sc. Nenad Zakošek

Objavljeno: 6. 7. 2021. u 10:01
Uređeno: 8. 7. 2021. u 12:33
Nenad Zakošek

The 3rd exam will be held in the form of an open book written essay of ca. 2000 (1800-2200) words. The main reference for the exam will be the following book: Rueschemeyer, Dietrich, Stephens, Evelyne Huber and Stephens, John D.  (1992) Capitalist Development and Democracy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. You are free to use quotations from the book, but any copy-paste plagiarism, i. e. using parts of the original text without marking it as citation has the consequence of  failing the exam. The book is available as a pdf copy in the repository Nastavni materijali on intranet. You are also encouraged to use additional literature which you may find relevant for the topic.

The two  exam questions will be published here on intranet on Thursday, 8 July, at 12:00 hours. Chose one question and write an argument in a written essay. You will have five days to write your essay and you have to upload it in the map Third exam in the repository Predaja studentskih radova on intranet not later than Tuesday, 13 July, 24:00 hours. Faillure to meet the deadline has the consequence of  failing the exam. Do not send your essay by mail.

Prof. dr. sc. Nenad Zakošek

Objavljeno: 22. 1. 2021. u 09:43
Daniela Širinić



Your exam will be held on 5th February (1ST DEADLINE) and 18th February (2ND DEADLINE). Deadline was changed so you can write over the weekend. Exam is conceptualized as a take-home exam in a form of an essay. 

You will receive two questions on Friday night, 8 PM ON TEAMS. Questions will be broad questions inspired by mandatory readings we uploaded on intranet and here on Microsoft Teams. You need to select one question and write an 2000 to 3000 word essay. 

You will upload essays into the EXAM folder in Microsoft Teams class account BY MONDAY MORNING - 8 AM.  

Examples of exam questions, these are mainly descriptive, but you also might get a problem question that will require a deeper engagement with the mandatory literature (UPLOADED ON TEAMS IN FILES) and a search for additional references. 

- What varieties of capitalism exist, how do they form historically and how could they change? (M. Grdešić) - What are the political consequences of economic inequality? (D. Širinić) - How are global differences in levels of prosperity explained from Acemoğlu and Robinson's institucionalist approach? (V. Raos)

How should the essay look like?

Essay is a half-step between in-class essay questions and a longer paper. We have higher expectations about the quality and the structure of the content compared to in-class exam because you can use your notes and course texts.

  • You should use a consistent referencing style and make sure you reference literature appropriately, you can use APA or other styles, your choice.
  • Essay should be clear with concise sentences, and with a clear structure so it is easier to mark.
    • INTRO: You should have a 1-2 sentence introduction with a preview of the main points (1, 2, 3..) or answer elements.
    • BODY: Introduction should be followed by main argumentation from the mandatory literature and ideally, from a different viewpoint. Try to find reviews of mandatory readings, additional research that supplements or criticises what we assigned. Are authors’ arguments similar or different? Is one of the theories more logical, more convincing? Can you group the authors/readings according to their stances or maybe according to the approaches they use?
    • CONCLUSION: At the end, as a conclusion try to make an argument, pick a side or suggest what is left to be explored by the literature (what is missing, what is vague, where is evidence weak and similar). 
    • List of references (you are encouraged to go beyond mandatory readings). 

How can you prepare?

Review course materials by looking over notes and readings, browse course themes and mandatory readings (read the intro and conclusions) so you are familiar with the topics. When you get the questions also thing broader, why does the professor think this is an important topic or how can this theme help us understand economic development and democracy? Use references from mandatory readings to expand sources. 

Good luck! Let us know if you have any additional questions. 

Objavljeno: 12. 1. 2021. u 23:27
Uređeno: 12. 1. 2021. u 23:30
Daniela Širinić

Dear all,

I will be your teacher for the last session when we will be covering the final topic "The vicious cycle of inequalities". I am proposing a new schedule for this class,  Monday, 11 (lecture) and 12:30 (seminar). Please reply on Microsoft Teams if you have any other classes during this time slot.

!! Note that we will also be talking about your final take-home exam so it is important you attend. 

I have attached a book by Martin Gilens, Affluence and Influence, which we will be covering in class, you should read chapters 3 and 8 for next week. 


Objavljeno: 14. 12. 2020. u 08:51
Višeslav Raos

Dear students! I will be your lecturer for the next two sessions, on December 17 and January 7 respectively. We will be covering two topics, titled Institutions, Democracy, and Prosperity and Economy and Voting.

I have prepared reading materials for you on Perusall, an app for academic reading and commenting. Please go to and register (with your full name, as used in this course) and then use this code RAOS-YD7PQ to enroll in the course.

In the app, you will find instructions how to place comments and questions on the reading assignments and the app will remind you of deadlines for turning in of your comments. I shall read your comments before class and comment and answer as to prepare for our discussion in seminar. The app is meant as a collaborative, collective learning experience, yet all of your comments are ultimately yours and will have an impact on your final course grade. The app will enable you to download the whole reading materials, not just the assigned pages. The app has a language algorithm that detects plagiarism. In addition, please check your grammar and spelling before sending in your comments and questions.

For all queries, please contact me directly through MS Teams (chat/message function).

Best regards,

Višeslav Raos

Objavljeno: 26. 11. 2020. u 09:08
Marko Grdešić

Dear all,


In the next two weeks I will be your lecturer. We will cover two topics: 


3.12. - Varieties of capitalism and democracy

Peter Hall and David Soskice, 2001, Varieties of Capitalism: Institutional Foundations of Comparative Advantage, Oxford University Press, pp. 1-68.

Wolfgang Streeck and Kozo Yamamura, 2001, The Origins of Nonliberal Capitalism: Germany and Japan in Comparison, Cornell University Press, pp. 1-38.

Wolfgang Streeck, 2016, How Will Capitalism End? Essays on a Failing System, Verso, pp. 227-237.

10.12. - Inequality, capitalism and democracy

Thomas Piketty, 2014, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Harvard University Press, pp. 1-35.

Thomas Piketty, 2020, Capital and Ideology, Harvard University Press, pp. 966-1034.


I know it is a lot to read, so read strategically. All of the readings have been posted here under "Nastavni materijali". 



Marko Grdesic

Objavljeno: 16. 9. 2020. u 12:14
Nenad Zakošek

Ispit iz kolegija Democracy and Economic Development u izvanrednom 5. roku održat će se 17. rujna u 15:30 u predavaonici D u obliku pismenog testa.  Molim studente da poštuju epidemiološke preporuke Hrvatskog zavoda za javno zdravstvo za postupke u zatvorenim prostorijama i nose zaštitne maske.

Prof. dr. sc. Nenad Zakošek

Objavljeno: 31. 8. 2020. u 11:57
Nenad Zakošek

Ispit iz kolegija Democracy and Economic Development u 4. roku održat će se 3. rujna u 15:30 u predavaonici D u obliku pismenog testa.  Molim studente da poštuju epidemiološke preporuke Hrvatskog zavoda za javno zdravstvo za postupke u zatvorenim prostorijama i nose zaštitne maske.

Prof. dr. sc. Nenad Zakošek

Objavljeno: 29. 1. 2020. u 23:56
Uređeno: 29. 1. 2020. u 23:57
Nenad Zakošek

The exam will take place on Thursday, 30 January, at 15:30 in room D. The students will have 120 minutes to complete the test. Students who have passed one colloqium are obliged to cover the part of exam literature which they didn't pass. Students who have passed both colloquia just have to register their grades.

Grade registration will take place on Friday, 31 January, at 10:00, in my office in Fabkovićeva 1, 3rd floor.


Prof. Nenad Zakošek

Objavljeno: 7. 11. 2019. u 09:36
Nenad Zakošek

On Thursday, 7 November, the Faculty of Poilitical Sciences is celebrating its 57th anniversary. From 2 p.m. there is a conference dealing with the fate of democracy in the three decades after 1989. Working language of the conference is Croatian. Because of this there is no lecture nor seminar in our course. Our next meeting is on 14 November.

Prof. Nenad Zakošek

Objavljeno: 23. 10. 2019. u 21:43
Nenad Zakošek

On Thursday, 24 October, we shall meet in lecture and seminar as planned in the syllabus.

The Independent Trade Union of Research and Higher Education Employees, of which I am a member, has proclaimed a one day strike on 24 October. I support the Union and the strike, but nevertheless we cannot afford to skip one of our meetings. So, with striking employees in the higher education system of Croatia in our mind, we will proceed with our work as planned.


Prof. Nenad Zakošek