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State of the Art in Political Science: the Classics



In this compulsory course in the Political Science Research Master Program we will study a number of political science’s ‘modern classics’.

Methods of Instruction

Active student participation is required. Each meeting one of the students takes the lead by presenting a short review of the book; another student will act as discussant.


Michael Walzer, Just and Unjust Wars: A Moral Argument with Historical Illustrations, forth edition, Basic Books, New York 2006 (1977).
Robert D. Putnam, Making Democracy Work: Civic Traditions in Modern Italy, Princeton University Press, Princeton (NJ) 1994.
Juan J. Linz & Alfred Stepan, Problems of Democratic Transition and Consolidation: Souhtern Europe, South America, and Post-Communist Europe, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore and London 1996.
Will Kymlicka, Multicultural Citizenship: A Liberal Theory of Minority Rights, Oxford U.P., Oxford etc. 1995.
John R. Searle, The Construction of Social Reality, Penguin Publishers, London etc. 1996.


Students will prepare reviews on each of the assigned books. Moreover, they will be discussant and chair for one of the meetings.


Thursday 8 September till 27 October 2011, 15.00-17.00 hrs., in 2A36 .