This course focuses on the politics of authoritarian regimes.
course begins with an investigation of the conceptual and operational
differences between democracies and authoritarian regimes, as well
as the consequences of those differences. We also examine conceptual
distinctions between empirical examples of personalist, monarchical,
totalitarian, military, and single party regimes.
The remainder of
the course considers the means by which authoritarian governments
maintain and exercise their power.
Topics covered include ideology,
coercion, political socialization, cooptation, electoral fraud, vote
buying, institution building, and patronage distribution.