Comparative Democratic Politics (GOVT6150)


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.

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1x2hr seminar/week


1x4000wd Essay (45%), 2x 1000wd Seminar papers (40%), 1x Seminar participation (15%)

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