Looks at the politics of regime change. It explores how and why some regimes change, whether from authoritarian to democratic states, or the other way around, or some other permutation. The various pathways of regime change are considered and their institutional and political preconditions scrutinized. The puzzle of the coexistence of authoritarian regimes with modern economies will be addressed. The course will also consider the influence of proximity of target regime types (usually democracy), and some larger questions surrounding the adequacy of present formulations of what constitutes a democracy.
Availability2019 Course Timetables
- Semester 2 - 2019
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an awareness of the prevailing patterns of political system transformation in the world, with an emphasis on recent transformations.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of the complexity of relationships between political system, socioeconomic structure, and institutions.
3. Demonstrate critical awareness of the uses of scores and rankings in the evaluation of democracy and legitimacy.
4. Demonstrate an awareness of the distinction between transition to democracy and democratic consolidation.
The course content will be drawn from but not restricted to:
- Discussion of key concepts such as "regime change", "the state", democratization, consolidation, bureaucratic authoritarianism, legitimacy, civil society.
- Conceptual understanding of regime change theories: modernization, transition theory, structural approaches .
- Case studies of instances of regime change, especially in Southern Europe, Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa.
- Consolidation problems and military coups.
- Impacts of economic change, insurgency movements, populism.
Students must have successfully completed POLI1010 or POLI1020. This course has similarities to POLI2170. If you have successfully completed POLI2170 you cannot enrol in this course.
Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Class Assessments
Written Assignment: Annotated Bibliography
Essay: Major Essay
Formal Examination: Final Exam
Integrated Learning Session
Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term