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Fall 2017
Nov 19, 2017
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GOVT 547 - Authoritarianism:Comp Perspect
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.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Government Department

Must be enrolled in one of the following Programs:     
      MA in Government
Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:     
      MN or MC Graduate
Must be enrolled in one of the following Majors:     

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