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PSCI/INTR 263 Democratization

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  • Spring 2022
    Jack Paine
    Spring 2022 — MW 12:30 - 13:45

    One of the most important political events over the past century is the rise of democracy across the world. Why do some countries become and remain democratic, whereas others never transition or fail to consolidate democracy? This course examines leading explanations for variation in democratic regimes across countries, with a primary focus on understanding transitions to democracy: economic development, natural resource wealth, international and domestic conflict, authoritarian regime type, history of elections and strength of parties, etc. We will examine a mix of historical and contemporary cases of democratization. One objective will be to understand democratization in the United States in comparative perspective, although we will study many cases from other regions as well.