Unit 7: Comparative Case Studies
In this unit we introduce methods of comparative analysis used in political science and international studies. Note that the case studies we will explore are hardly geographically or topically exhaustive. We apply factor analysis and comparative methods to examples from four world regions – Africa, the Americas, Asia, and the Middle East – which is the classification of area studies and standard geopolitical organization American political scientist use.
For example, we divide Asian politics into four regions – East, South, Southeast, and Central Asia – and Africa into two regions – the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and sub-Saharan Africa. We will explore how political elites and policy makers hold distinct views on democratization and modernization, and how these views impact political conflict in these regions.
Completing this unit should take you approximately 16 hours.