GOVT-746 Authoritarianism in Comparative Perspective
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.
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