Politics is the institutional “infrastructure” of a country. It shapes rules and norms of other spheres such as economy, culture and society, which in turn shape the diverse conditions of the world. To understand the political development of any country, the understanding needs to be situated in a context of comparison. This course will introduce main themes of political development in a comparative light, featuring state-building, democracy and political culture. Studying classic and cutting-edge works on these subjects, as well as drawing on a wide range of cases, the objective of this course is to help students understand the diversities and complexities of political development and theory.