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Comparative Democratic Development Political Science 181 Professor Karen L. Remmer Monday-Wednesday 2:50-4:05 Social Sciences 136 E-mail: [email protected] Office hours: Wednesday: 4:05-5:00pm Phone: 660-4309 Office: Perkins Library 401 Democracy is a device that insures we shall be governed no better than we deserve --George Bernard Shaw We are prepared to send election observers to Florida as needed. --Governor Adesina, Oyo State, Nigeria, November 2001 He robs, but he gets things done. --Campaign slogan of Adhemar do Barros, former Governor of Sao Paulo Democracy is always a beckoning goal, not a safe harbor. For freedom is an unremitting endeavor, never a final achievement." --Felix Frankfurter It's not the voting that's democracy, it's the counting. --Tom Stoppard COURSE OBJECTIVES: The past two decades have witnessed an unprecedented upsurge in democratic forms of rule in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. This course is designed to explore the reasons for this global pattern of political change as well as to familiarize students with the political challenges facing leaders in new democracies. Central emphasis will be placed on major concepts and theories relating to the study of the emergence and consolidation of political democracy. COURSE REQUIREMENTS: 1. Class attendance and participation (20 percent of final grade). As a learning experience, the course will depend heavily upon the quality of class participation. Members of the course are therefore expected to complete course readings prior to class and to participate in class discussions and two scheduled classroom debates. Irregular attendance and inadequate preparation will be reflected in your final grade.
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2. Hour exams (50 percent of grade) consisting of short answer questions and essays. Dates: Feb. 16 and April 22. 3. Short paper (30 percent). A 12-15 page paper exploring the process of (successful or unsuccessful) democratic transition in one country in the post-1950 era. The paper should attempt to explain how and why a transition to democracy occurred in the country in question as well as summarize the major empirical features of the shift from authoritarianism to democracy (e.g., the type of regime preceding democratic transition, the country's prior experience with democracy, the key actors in the transition, the role of international factors, and the timing of the transition). To complete this assignment successfully you will need to address the theoretical literature on transitions as well as do substantial reading beyond that included in the syllabus. Due March 25 th . ****N.B.Papers or exams that are late will receive a reduced grade. Incompletes will only be given under truly extraordinary circumstances. TEXTS
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