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Spring 2013-2014
POL 430 (SA)   na, npdf

Seminar in Comparative Politics - Military, State and Society

Aqil Shah

This seminar is concerned with the puzzles and problems of civil-military relations. What role does the professional military play in modern state and society? Are professional militaries more or less likely to intervene in politics? How do democracies control the military? Why do those with guns obey those without them? We will explore these and other important questions in the study of civil-military relations across a variety of political contexts: consolidated democracies, transitional democracies, and authoritarian regimes in different regions of the world, including the U.S., Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and South Asia.

Sample reading list:
Zoltan Barany, Building Democratic Armies in Asia, Africa, Europe
Alfred Stepan, Rethinking Military Politics
Michael C. Desch, Civilian Control of the Military
Morris Janowitz, Military Institutions and Coercion in Developing Nations
Stephen Rosen, Societies and Military Power
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 100-150 pages of reading per week. Research paper

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 50%
Papers - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
At least one Politics course in comparative or international relations is highly recommended..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41855 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm M   Robertson Hall   006   Enrolled:7 Limit:15