INAF-150 Politics and Economics of Authoritarianism
Fall for 2016-2017
Faculty:
By looking at different authoritarian regimes, this course depicts life under these regimes and explores the mechanism underpinning their resilience.While we know such regimes lasted for a long time, the seminar attempts to answer a number of questions and issues by looking at the inner workings of the regimes such as the party, security services, army, economy, and cult of personality.

1. How did the leadership in those countries create such enduring systems?

2. What was the economic system that for decades prolonged the longevity of those regimes but simultaneously led to the weakness and ultimate collapse of some of those systems?

3. Why did these regimes begin to falter after being seen as very stable and enduring?

The seminar will utilize general literature on authoritarianism to understand the structure of such regimes and their historical role. Case studies from the Arab world, Eastern Europe under Communism, and Latin America under military dictatorships, will be analyzed within the framework of the seminar.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None

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INAF-150-01 Politics and Economics of Authoritarianism
Fall for 2016-2017
Faculty:
By looking at different authoritarian regimes, this course depicts life under these regimes and explores the mechanism underpinning their resilience.While we know such regimes lasted for a long time, the seminar attempts to answer a number of questions and issues by looking at the inner workings of the regimes such as the party, security services, army, economy, and cult of personality.

1. How did the leadership in those countries create such enduring systems?

2. What was the economic system that for decades prolonged the longevity of those regimes but simultaneously led to the weakness and ultimate collapse of some of those systems?

3. Why did these regimes begin to falter after being seen as very stable and enduring?

The seminar will utilize general literature on authoritarianism to understand the structure of such regimes and their historical role. Case studies from the Arab world, Eastern Europe under Communism, and Latin America under military dictatorships, will be analyzed within the framework of the seminar.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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