Luiss University

Phd in Programme in Political Theory

Winter Term 2009

Course in Comparative Politics

Professor Domenico Fracchiolla

Since Aristotele sought to develop a classification of regime types, the notion of comparing political system has lain at the heart of political science. The discipline of Comparative Politics can be defined by a methodological dimension, the study of foreign countries and the systematic comparison between countries.

In this course, after an introductive class dedicated to the methodology of the comparative research, with the focus on the conceptualization of the ladder of abstraction, the second and the third classes will be centered on Lijphart polar typology of democracy. The fourth class will be dedicated to the dimensions of the democratic quality considering the accountability, the rule of law and the responsiveness. The last class will outline the theory of Anchoring to realize a democratic change.

The readings for the first class are sent by e-mail to each student. The readings for the further classes will be available at the Centre for Ethics and Global Politics in the following days.

I class:

 – Sartori G., (1970), Concept misformation in Comparative Politics, in  The American Political Science Review, Vol LXIV, N° 4, pp. 1033 – 1053

– Lijphart A., (1969), Comparative Politics and the Comparative Method, in The American Political Science Review, Vol. 65, No. 3 (Sep., 1971), pp. 682-693 pp. 682 – 693


II class:

-Lijphart A., (1999), Patterns of Democracy, Yale University Press, New Heaven and London, chap. 1,2,3,4,5,6, pp. 9 – 116

III class:

-Lijphart A., (2008), Thinking About Democracy, Routledge, London,  chap. 1,2,3, pp. 1- 125

IV class:

Diamond L. and Morlino L., (2005), Assessing the Quality of Democracy, The Jhons Hpkins University Press, chapt.1,2,3,4,5,6,7, pp. 1 -85

V class:

Magen and Morlino L., (2008), International Actors, Democratization and the Rule of law, Routledge, London, Part. II,III, pp. 1 – 79

Morlino L., (2005), Anchors and Democratic Change, “Comparative Political Studies”, Vol. 38, N°7,  pp. 743 – 770


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