Comparative Urban Politics

Instructor(s): Noah Nathan

Course level: Graduate

Offered this Academic Year: Yes

Course term: Fall

Course number: 17.526

Course description:

The developing world is rapidly urbanizing. This course explores that urbanization’s political implications. We examine both classic and recent research on urban politics, including studies of resource distribution, clientelism and machine politics, ethnic politics, property rights, economic informality, and violence in cities spanning the developing world, and also draw comparisons to urban areas in wealthier democracies. Special attention is paid to the effects of urban context on political behavior. Readings are primarily from political science, but also include work from sociology, economics, and related disciplines.