Mar 29, 2023  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23
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POLS 4497 - Capitalism and Democracy

Examines the interaction between the economy and politics in a comparative context focusing on domestic issues and linkages, which in political science is called comparative political economy. Today most economies have a significant share organized along market capitalist lines, and these market capitalist economies are heavily shaped by the regime type whether democratic or non-democratic and variations within each sub-type, so comparative political economy is about capitalism and democracy or the lack thereof. Analysis takes a theoretical approach that emphasizes competing frameworks including liberalism, Marxism, and neo-mercantilism. Issues examined include welfare state politics, varieties of capitalism, market failure and the state, embedded capitalism, the role of business among oth

Requisites: 6 hours in POLS or (Jr or Sr)
Credit Hours: 3
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 seminar
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Learning Outcomes:
  • Student should be able to examine key issues in comparative political economy.
  • Student should be able to demonstrate critical analysis of comparative political economy in written assignments and essay exams.
  • Student should be able to evaluate competing approaches to explaining outcomes in comparative political economy.
  • Student should be able to analyze the key theoretical debates concerning comparative political economy.

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