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Conflict and Cooperation: Classics



This course is centered around three classic political science books on the theme of conflict and cooperation. Each of these books provides analysis of a particular type of conflict: a domestic conflict in deeply divided societies, an inter-state conflict in the international arena, and an economic conflict within advanced industrial democracies. Each of these books advances a particular argument for how cooperation, peace and prosperity can be achieved in the wake of these conflicts. Each of these books is also a classic text in a particular subfield of political science: comparative politics, international relations, and political economy. We will deal with these classic texts by, first, discussing the book itself and, second, by looking at the literature and analysis that was inspired by ideas and approaches contained in the books.

Study Material

Arend Lijphart (1977). Democracy in Plural Socieites (New Haven: Yale University Press)

John J. Mearsheimer (2003). The Tragedy of Great Power Politics (New York: W.W. Norton)

Peter J. Katzenstein (1985). Small States in World Markets (Ithaca: Cornell University Press)

A selection of journal articles and book chapters, available from Blackboard at the start of the course.


A written essay of 4000-5000 words on questions that will be provided by the lecturers.


Monday 2 September, 11.00-13.00 hrs in SA41 (workgroup registration will take place during this session)

Workgroup 1: Monday 9 september until 21 October, 9.00-11.00 hrs in SA21
Workgroup 2*: Monday 9 september until 21 October, 9.00-11.00 hrs in 5B16
Workgroup 3: Monday 9 september until 21 October, 11.00-13.00 hrs in 5B16
Workgroup 4: Monday 9 september until 21 October, 11.00-13.00 hrs in SA21

*This group is for research master students only.