Comparative Politics specialists at UCI come from a tradition in which the
Department divided its faculty and courses into "macro" and "micro"
politics. Consequently, our specializations (and course offerings) tend to
group into macro issues, such as institutions and regimes (e.g., "Regime
Change in East Asia," "Migration in Western Europe," and "The State in
Comparative Perspective") and micro-oriented courses (such as "Political
Culture," "Political Participation" and "Elections"). Faculty substantive
specializations include voting behavior, new social movements,
environmental politics, migration, health policy, law & society, welfare
and poverty, minority politics, comparative public policy, comparative electoral systems and comparative legislative configurations.
Faculty tend to have regional in addition to country specializations, and
work closely with graduate students to train them to turn out publishable
papers. Students routinely attend conferences, publish with faculty, and
spend time abroad doing research.
Faculty employ a diverse range of methodologies, including advanced
quantitative methods (game theory, econometrics, rational choice) as well
as a range of qualitative approaches (survey research, historical
institutionalism, comparative political economy, etc.).
Faculty include:Graeme Boushey
Sara Wallace Goodman
Charles A. Smith
Dorothy J. Solinger