POLS 333

Local Politics and Democracy
Comparative Politics

This course examines local politics, government, and governance with specific focus on citizen participation from a comparative perspective. After introducing the main approaches and concepts regarding these issues, the course explores different forms and dynamics of political participation at the local level. Based on comparative analyses of specific cases, the conditions that facilitate and impede citizen participation are identified and critically evaluated. The course concludes with a general assessment of citizen participation and of the institutions specifically designed to enhance and deepen citizen participation in local politics and governance.