DPI-413: Democratization

Semester: Fall

Credit: 1.0

Syllabus: Click here for syllabus

Faculty: Pippa Norris


Day Time Location
First Day 9/6
Meet Day M/W 2:40 PM - 4:00 PM RG-20


Examines autocracies, democracies, and processes of democratization in terms of competition, participation, and civil and political rights. Covers questions such as: What are the alternative conceptions of democracy and autocracy? What indices are available and what do they suggest about worldwide trends? What underlying cultural, economic, and social conditions promote transitions from autocracy and processes of democratization? What can be done to strengthen the institutions of democratic governance, such as constitutions, elections, and rule of law? What are the consequences of democratization for economic growth, welfare and security? With a broadly comparative perspective, the process of democratization is examined from all regions of the world, including the Arab uprisings. Assessment involves both a scholarly research paper and an applied policy report. See www.pippanorris.com for details.