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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

POL 3524 - Politics of Russia and Post-Soviet States

Credits: 4
This course is an examination of politics in post-communist countries, with a focus on Russia and the other former Soviet States. We will develop an understanding of political, economic and social “transformations,” and discuss political and economic policies and reforms, the rule of law, corruption, and impediments to change. Through comparative analysis, we will consider the extent to which “democratization” and “marketization” have occurred in these states (and the broader question of the relationship between democracy and a market economy) and whether post-Soviet states are heading toward democracy, reverting back to Communism, stalled, or are moving towards something else, such as a new version of authoritarianism.
Fulfills: Social Science distribution requirement. SOSC requirement in LS Core.