Berg345 - PO 345 Russian East And Central European Politics...

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1 PO 345 – Russian, East And Central European Politics Dr. Marni Berg Fall 2008 Clark C-332 491-3446 E-mail: [email protected] or [email protected] Office Hours: Mon. 10:00 – 11:00 am Wed. 1:00 – 2:00 pm And by appointment Course Objectives: The goal of this course is to develop a basic factual and theoretical knowledge of the political systems of Russia, East and Central European states. By the end of the course, students should be able to draw conclusions about the trajectory of political developments in the region. This course requires a strong commitment from the student, in terms of the student’s time and effort. We will be covering a lot of material in a short amount of time. Class lectures, discussions, and exams will be based on the assumption that you have read the assigned material. Required Texts: Hensel, Jana. 2005. After the Wall: Confessions from an East German Childhood and the Life that Came Next . Perseus Books. ( H ) Kornai, Janos and Susan Rose-Ackerman. 2004. Building a Trustworthy State In Post- Socialist Transition . London, U.K.: Palgrave McMillan. ( K ) McFaul, Michael, Nikolai Petrov and Andrei Ryabov. Between Dictatorship and Democracy: Russian Post-Communist Political Reform. 2004. Washington D.C.: Carnegie Endowment. ( M ) Orenstein, Michael. 2001. Out of the Red: Building Capitalism and Democracy in Post- Communist Europe . Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press. ( O ) Additionally, there will be articles on reserve through the library’s on-line reserve. Those articles are listed by author’s name on the syllabus along with the number of pages in the reading. A useful CEE list serve for up-to-date information on current events in the CEE regions is the Radio Free Europe site. Sign up to receive e-mail 5-days/week at: newsline- [email protected] with the word subscribe as the subject of the message.
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