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PSCI 552 Democracy and Dictatorship

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  • Spring 2021
    Gretchen Helmke, Jack Paine
    Spring 2021 — T 14:00 - 16:40
    Course Syllabus

    Why are some political regimes more stable than others? Why do democracies endure or unravel? Why do dictatorships last or crumble? To answer these questions, this course offers a survey of the empirical and theoretical literatures on democracy and dictatorship in comparative politics. The first part of the course will be devoted primarily to examining competing theories about the conditions and causes of the transition to and consolidation of democracy. The second part of the course examines theories about democratic erosion and the emergence and instantiation of autocracy. Class will be conducted in a weekly discussion format.