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Courses - Spring 2023
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Seminar in Comparative Politics; Democracy and Democratization
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GVPT280 or GVPT282 Restriction: Must be in Government & Politics program.

This course surveys the big debates about the nature of democracy and democratization. The course is organized around five broad themes: 1) core concepts and definitions of democracies and non-democratic regimes,2) the nature and causes of democratization, 3) democratic principles, 4) democratic forms and institutional variation, and 5) contemporary issuesin democratic politics, including democratic backsliding. Throughout the course, we will be exploring how these different elementsof democracy exist around the world by using cases from Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the United States.