Joel S Migdal
Examines the mutually conditioning relationship between states and the societies they seek to govern. Studies states as large, complex organizations and their interactions with society on different levels. Shows that interactions on any level affect the nature of the state on other levels as well. Offered: jointly with POL S 542.
This is an advanced seminar for MA and Ph.D. students in approaches to state-society relations. Students will learn how this topic has been handled by several generations of scholars.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Seminar-style discussion class with student-led presentations.
Students should have taken several courses in comparative politics.
Class assignments and grading
There will be a choice among several writing options, including smaller, text-based papers and a larger paper.
Students will mostly be graded on the writing with about 10% of the grade on the basis of class discussion.