Write a paper that compares and contrasts the formal structures, rules and functions of governmental institutions across systems, with respect to a specific research question that you frame. The institutions you choose to investigate may be parties, party systems, electoral systems, executive branches, judiciaries, etc. and your goal will be to examine causal connections between the institution and some type of outcome. For instance, are Presidential or Parliamentary democracies more durable? More efficient? Which democratic regime is more or less likely to see a successful transition to or consolidation to democracy and under what conditions?