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PSCI/INTR 251 Authoritarian Politics

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  • Fall 2021
    Jack Paine
    Fall 2021 ("W" Optional) — TR 11:05 - 12:20

    Despite three waves of democratization, many countries around the world are still governed by leaders who hold power by means other than free and fair elections. In this course we will examine topics including how authoritarian regimes survive, the conditions under which they democratize, and their human welfare consequences. We will cover historical authoritarian cases such as twentieth-century communist and fascist regimes, and current authoritarian regimes in China, the Middle East, and Africa. The course will cover political science theories of authoritarian regimes and individual country case studies. Class will be conducted in a weekly discussion format.

  • Fall 2020
    Jack Paine
    Fall 2020 ("W" Optional) — TR 11:05 - 12:20
    Course Syllabus

    Despite three waves of democratization, many countries around the world are still governed by leaders who hold power by means other than free and fair elections. In this course we will examine topics including how authoritarian regimes survive, the conditions under which they democratize, and their human welfare consequences. We will cover historical authoritarian cases such as twentieth-century communist and fascist regimes, and current authoritarian regimes in China, the Middle East, and Africa. The course will cover political science theories of authoritarian regimes and individual country case studies. Class will be conducted in a weekly discussion format.

  • Spring 2019
    Jack Paine
    Spring 2019 ("W" Optional) — TR 11:05 - 12:20
    Course Syllabus

    Despite three waves of democratization, many countries around the world are still governed by leaders who hold power by means other than free and fair elections. In this course we will examine topics including how authoritarian regimes survive, the conditions under which they democratize, and their human welfare consequences. We will cover historical authoritarian cases such as twentieth-century communist and fascist regimes, and current authoritarian regimes in China, the Middle East, and Africa. The course will cover political science theories of authoritarian regimes and individual country case studies. Class will be conducted in a weekly discussion format.

  • Spring 2018
    Jack Paine
    Spring 2018 ("W" Optional) — TR 11:05 - 12:20
    Course Syllabus

    Despite three waves of democratization, many countries around the world are still governed by leaders who hold power by means other than free and fair elections. In this course we will examine topics including how authoritarian regimes survive, the conditions under which they democratize, and their human welfare consequences. We will cover historical authoritarian cases such as twentieth-century communist and fascist regimes, and current authoritarian regimes in China, the Middle East, and Africa. The course will cover political science theories of authoritarian regimes and individual country case studies. Class will be conducted in a weekly discussion format.

  • Fall 2016
    Jack Paine
    Fall 2016 ("W" Optional) — M 14:00 - 16:40
    Course Syllabus

    Despite three waves of democratization, many countries around the world are still governed by leaders who hold power by means other than free and fair elections. In this course we will examine topics including how authoritarian regimes survive, the conditions under which they democratize, and their human welfare consequences. We will cover historical authoritarian cases such as twentieth-century communist and fascist regimes, and current authoritarian regimes in China, the Middle East, and Africa. The course will cover political science theories of authoritarian regimes and individual country case studies. Class will be conducted in a weekly discussion format.

  • Fall 2015
    Adam Cohon
    Fall 2015 ("W" Optional) — M 14:00 - 16:40
    Course Syllabus

    Despite three waves of democratization, many countries around the world are still governed by leaders who hold power by means other than free and fair elections. In this course we will examine topics including the persistence of authoritarian regimes, sources of regime stability and instability, and the consequences of authoritarian regimes for social and economic growth. We will cover both historical authoritarian cases such as twentieth-century communist and fascist regimes, and current authoritarian regimes in China, Iran, and on the African continent. The first half of the class will cover political science theories of authoritarian regime functioning, and the second half will focus more heavily on individual country case studies. Class will be conducted in a weekly discussion format.