Units of Study

GOVT6150 - Comparative Democratic Politics

Semester 2, 2012  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Anika Astrida Gauja


This unit examines the institutions, structures and conflicts of stable liberal democracies. It compares Australian patterns with those of Western Europe, North America and Japan. It considers theories of different types of democratic politics, especially Lijphart's contrast between consensual and majoritarian systems. In doing so the unit looks at the central democratic political institutions, such as legislatures, executives, party and electoral systems, and relates these to policy processes and to the broader socio-economic environments.


1x2500wd essay (45%), 2x1250wd seminar papers (40%), participation (15%)


1x2-hr seminar/week

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