GOVT-547 Authoritarianism in Comparative Perspective
Fall for 2015-2016
In the low tide after the third wave of democracy, scholars are returning to the study of authoritarianism that was an important part of post-World War II research in comparative politics. This course seeks to expose students to both the older and more recent literature on authoritarianism. The course emphasizes political economy, institutional studies, and cultural approaches to understanding the forms and dynamics of authoritarian rule. Within these approaches a number of important themes in the literature are highlighted including typological studies, regime transitions, democratic breakdown, corporatism, authoritarianism and economic development, and domination and resistance. The course spans all developing regions, though the Middle East and North Africa receives somewhat more attention.
GOVT-547-01 Peace Process and Post-Conflict Reconstruction in Latin America
Spring for 2015-2016
This seminar will examine internal armed conflicts, attempts at negotiated settlements, and experiences of post-conflict reconstruction, national reconciliation and political processes in Latin America, primarily in Central America and the Andean region during the past three decades. It will approach these issues from three related perspectives: 1) theoretically, using some of the best recent literature derived from the growing
experience of international involvement in internal conflicts across the globe; 2) through an in-depth examination of specific Latin American cases -- principally Colombia, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Peru –and the special case of Haiti; and 3) through an analysis of specific issues incorporating experiences from Latin America and other international cases, such as applying justice in post-conflict setting, and the involvement of outside actors such as the United Nations and World Bank, or individual states and “Groups of Friends.” During the final third of the semester, students will simulate actual negotiations in one of the countries, playing the role of a government representative, guerrilla leader, international mediator, civil society leader or other actor in one of the peace processes being studied.
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