Democracy And Authoritarianism
POSC 246 - Democracy And Authoritarianism3 hours This course surveys varieties of modern political systems, particularly focusing on the antithesis of democracy and authoritarianism. The course starts with classical scholarship on democracy, which contain not only the seeds of current assumptions but also long-forgotten insights and cautions that can help us approach more recent writings with a more critical eye. After considering some of these older writers, we will proceed to some of the newer scholarship, drawing not only on empirical research but also (and perhaps especially) on more theoretical and abstract works related to democracy. We will then examine the political science scholarship on authoritarian regimes, including their institutional features, strategies for survival, and prospects for change.This course will satisfy the social sciences core area requirement.