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Faculty: Pippa Norris
Examines autocracies, hybrid states, democracies, and processes of regime change 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 regime change? What can be done to strengthen the institutions of democratic governance, such as through constitutions, elections, and rule of law? What are the consequences of democratization for economic growth, welfare and security? With a broadly comparative perspective, these issues are examined from all regions of the world. Assessment involves both a scholarly research paper and an applied policy report. See www.pippanorris.com for details.