This class was tough.
I would recommend this class for government majors and people who have an interest in learning how different governments across the world interact with their citizens.
One thing we learned from Professor Roessler was how the dynamic in oil rich countries fosters an authoritative government because the economy is based solely on one product that is tied to the land which is also very unpredictable. We also learned about why certain governments became democratized and industrialized and why some countries stayed authoritative and didn't industrialize. This also ties into why some countries have better state capacity, as in having better control over their economy and their citizens, and why others don't. If you like learning about such things then this class is definitely for you.
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Advice for students:
In order to succeed in this course you need to make sure you do the reading and pay special attention to key ideas in the reading and who came up with those concepts and how they studied them, and what they found as a result of studying those concepts. You need to be thorough in that class and you need to have something to say at least once every few classes in order to get a decent participation grade.