Three Introductory Readings:
The first session of this course would be an introductory day that is largely about the establishment of three central terms or concepts: (1) international influence on domestic politics, (2) sovereignty violations, and (3) intervention. While most of the readings I plan to assign in this course are relatively recent pieces, the introductory readings are older, classic works on the some of the main ideas to be explored in the course:
Gourevitch, P. (1978). The second image reversed: the international sources of domestic politics. International organization, 32(4), 881-912.
Gourevitch (1978) introduces the general focus of this course: foreign/international impacts on domestic politics. While Gourevitch’s idea of international politics affecting domestic politics is much wider than the targeted interventions explored in the course, this paper is still a foundational piece showing that the comparative politics of a state cannot be fully studied without examining the pressures on that state from beyond its borders.
Krasner, S. D. (1995). Compromising Westphalia. International security, 20(3), 115-151.
Krasner (1995) contends that most states have never been fully sovereign in the Westphalian sense, and shows the ways in which these states have had their autonomy restricted or violated. Krasner offers multiple definitions of sovereignty, ways in which sovereignty can be violated (with or without the consent of the state), and a solid introduction to the history of how outside forces can heavily restrict the autonomy of states, even within their borders.
Rosenau, J. N. (1969). Intervention as a scientific concept. Journal of conflict resolution, 13(2), 149-171.
Rosenau (1969) is an early and seminal attempt to lay out what “intervention” is, and how it should be differentiated from undirected, unintentional forms for foreign influence (such as cultural dialogue) and from other phenomena such as imperialism.