Comparative Politics

Comparative Politics uses the method of comparison to examine political activities (e.g., the ways governments and non-governmental actors organize themselves and operate as well as the ways people behave) and political phenomena (such as democratization, elections, economic crises, revolutions, or civil wars) within individual countries. It then either compares the domestic experiences of particular countries with the domestic experiences of others or it may compare the experiences of one part of a country with that of another part within the same country. In addition to comparisons across various cases comparative politics scholars may also examine the same (or more than one) case across various points in time. The focus is on each country’s internal politics, with a view to making generalizations about politics in a variety of domestic settings.  Faculty include: Amir Abedi, Bidisha Biswas, Charles Hoffman, Cynthia Horne, Vernon Johnson, T.H. Butch Kamena, Kristen Parris, Rachel Paul, Michael Wolff.