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Comparative Democratization



New democracies have emerged globally in the post-Cold War era. This comparative course examines some of the main theoretical issues related to the collapse of non-democratic systems of government and the establishment of new political systems. After examining key concepts and theories in the study of democratization, we shall proceed with the discussion of main democratization issues, with each issue representing a theme for one session. The issues that the course explores include the impact of the type of non-democratic regime on the democratization; the relationship between international actors and democratization processes; the role of civil society and political parties in democratization; and institutional choices and democratization.

The course is designed to provide knowledge of key concepts, theories and problems generated by the collapse of non-democratic regimes and the creation of new democratic political systems. It will enable students to explore contemporary democratization processes and understand different assumptions, agendas and standards of evidence used by various theories of political change. The students will also be introduced to democratization in three different regions

Methods of Instruction

Seminar discussions.

Study material

1200 pp; titles TBA.


Essay and Seminar Presentation.


Tuesday 7 September till 26 October, 13.00-15.00 hrs. in 1A22 (except 7 and 14 September 1A03 and 21 and 28 September 5A29 and 5 October 1A09)
Thursday 9 September till 28 October, 13.00-15.00 hrs. in 1A03.