Democratic Development is intended as a broad, introductory survey of the political, social, cultural, economic, institutional, and international factors that foster or obstruct the development, and consolidation, of democracy. Topics will be examined in historical and comparative perspective, and reference a variety of different national experiences. It is hoped that students in developing or prospective democracies will use the theories, ideas, and lessons in the class to help build or improve democracy in their own countries.
This course is primarily intended for individuals in college or beyond, with some academic background or preparation in political science or the social sciences. However, it seeks to be accessible and useful to a diverse international audience, including educators at the secondary and college levels, government officials, development professionals, civil society leaders, journalists, bloggers, activists, and individuals involved in a wide range of activities and professions related to the development and deepening of democracy.
Introduction to the Course, Why Democracy?
What Is Democracy? Regime Types
The Third Wave of Democratization and its Ebb
Legitimacy, Authority and Effectiveness
Political Culture and Democracy
Are Democratic Values Universal?
Class Structure and Inequality
Democratic Transition: Paths and Drivers
Democratic Transition: Types and Means
Presidential vs. Parliamentary Government
Parties and Party Systems
Choosing between Different Systems
Ethnicity and Ethnic Conflict
Managing Ethnic Conflict
Horizontal Accountability and the Rule of Law
The Future of Democracy