POLS 4409 Democracy and Democratization 3/0/3

Prerequisite: POLS 1101 and POLS 3401

This course analyzes the concept of democracy and the process of democratization around the world. First, we will discuss the range of definitions of democracy, and some of the difficulties associated with the concept and its measure Second, we will examine how key regime characteristics lead to different modes of democratic transitions, and we will identify the key determinants of democratic consolidation. Finally we will study the process of democratic erosion and breakdown through the experiences of Germany, Chile, Russia, and other cases around the world. At the end of the central problems that plague transition and consolidation processes, and synthesize the key findings and conclusions about democratization.