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AP Comparative Government & Politics

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This course introduces students to fundamental concepts used by political scientists to study the processes and outcomes of politics in a variety of country settings. It will illustrate the rich diversity of political life, show available institutional alternatives, explain differences in processes and policy outcomes, and communicate the importance of global political and economic changes.

Careful comparison of political systems produces useful knowledge about the institutions and policies countries have employed to address problemsor, indeed, what they have done to make things worse. In this class, you will compare the effectiveness of policy approaches to poverty or overpopulation by examining how different countries solve similar problems. By comparing the political institutions and practices of wealthy and poor countries, we can begin to understand the political consequences of economic well-being.

Sample reading list:

Introduction to Politics (Third Edition)