GOV 390L • Democratization in Comparative Perspective
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
Course number may be repeated for credit when topics vary. This seminar is designed to provide graduate students an overview of the expansive literature on democratic transitions. Over the last 20 years, the world has experienced a wave of democratization in which authoritarian regimes around the world have collapsed in favor of varying degrees of democratic governance. This seminar will examine the literature on democratic transitions to discern the major approaches, themes, and debates surrounding regime change away from authoritarianism. The seminar will be organized thematically rather than regionally with empirical cases drawn primarily from Latin America, Southern Europe, and post-communist states of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. After a survey of the major approaches to democratization, the seminar will focus on specific issues, actors, and processes important to successful democratization including: institutional design, elites, ethnicity and citizenship, political economy,party systems, and civil society.