Institution and Political Actors - POLI253
This course looks at the variation between institutions and political actors across countries. It reviews the evidences brought forward by the empirical literature on a number of theoretical puzzles: What makes political systems different? Why are reforms implemented in some countries and delayed in others? Why do electoral systems matter for policy outcomes? Are voters rational? Do political parties select the most able politicians? What is informative lobbying and how do Special Interest Groups influence politics? Can we measure institutions and political constraints?
Strategic Studies in Conflicts and Terrorism - POLI347
Conflicts, terrorism and wars have plagued human societies since their inception: which factors are likely to explain their occurrence and their duration? When are wars more likely to occur? How are civil wars different from inter-state wars? Are conflicts more likely in ethnically diverse countries? Are democracies more exposed to terrorism? How do states respond to terror? This course discusses the main theoretical puzzles in the areas of conflicts and terrorism and analyses the major findings of the empirical contributions in the field.