GOV 365N • Elites and Democracies Post 9/11
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Course number may be repeated for credit when topics vary. CANCELLED This seminar will focus on how centripetal pressures on the United States and other Western countries are producing shifts among political elites from rule by persuasion to rule by force. How the elite centered on George W. Bush manifests this will be one of the seminar's primary concerns. The origins and nature of these centripetal pressures, especially the slowing or halting of develoment in much of the non-Western world, will be another concern. In political science terms, the seminar will introduce students to elite theory and analysis, and it will explore the extent to which the United States is a "deviant" polity among the advanced Western countries. Democracy's frailties, shortcomings, and prospects will be abiding themes. The seminar will thus be both American and comparative in reach. Students are forewarned that assigned reading will be relatively extensive.
Midterm 25% Short paper 25% Final Exam 50%
Probable Assigned Readings: G. William Domhoff, Who Rules America? Power & Politics. New York: McGraw-Hill Higher Education Series, 2002. Robert D. Kaplan, The Coming Anarchy. New York: Random House, 2000. Giovanni Sartori, The Theory of Democracy Revisited, Part I: The Contemporary Debate. Chatham NJ: Chatham House Publishers, 1987. Harold Wilensky, Rich Democracies. Berkeley CA: University of California Press, 2001. Fareed Zakaria, The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad. New York: Norton, 2003.