While waves of democratization in the last quarter of the twentieth century have brought democratic freedoms to countries and regions across the globe, democracy today appears very vulnerable. Optimism that democracy would spread to all corners of the globe have recently made place for concerns that democracies that once appeared consolidated are now sliding back into authoritarianism. This course concentrates on these phenomena, studying processes of democratization, consolidation and democratic erosion. We will pay attention to core theories and concepts as well as global historical patterns, and analyze empirical the development and erosion of democracy in a number of individual countries across the globe (Hungary, Poland, Turkey, Venezuela, and the United States)
At the end of this course, students are expected to:
be familiar with the academic literature on democratic consolidation and erosion, including accompanying concepts and discussions, and have knowledge of selected empirical case studies;
be able to provide an informed and analytical contribution to discussions about the consolidation and erosion of contemporary democracies, in both oral and written form.
Mode of Instruction
The final grade consists of
a midterm paper (country group report - 35%)
a final paper (45%)
To be announced
See 'Practical Information'.
This course is earmarked for the specializations NECD, PPD and NP