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Gain an understanding of the political, social, cultural, economic, institutional and international factors that foster and obstruct the development and consolidation of democracy. It is hoped that students in developing or prospective democracies will use the theories, ideas, and lessons in the class to help build or improve democracy in their own countries.

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Syllabus

Week 1
Introduction to the Course, Why Democracy?
What Is Democracy? Regime Types
The Third Wave of Democratization and its Ebb 

Week 2
Legitimacy, Authority and Effectiveness
Democratic Consolidation

Week 3
Political Culture and Democracy
Are Democratic Values Universal?

Week 4
Economic Development
Class Structure and Inequality
Civil Society

Week 5
Democratic Transition: Paths and Drivers
Democratic Transition: Types and Means

Week 6
Constitutional Design
Presidential vs. Parliamentary Government
Parties and Party Systems

Week 7
Electoral Systems
Choosing between Different Systems

Week 8
Ethnicity and Ethnic Conflict
Managing Ethnic Conflict
Federalism

Week 9
Horizontal Accountability and the Rule of Law
Controlling Corruption
Democratic Breakdowns

Week 10
International Factors
Promoting Democracy

Week 11
The Future of Democracy
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Intructors

  • Larry Diamond - Center on Democracy, Development & the Rule of Law
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