Mar 21, 2023  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23
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POLS 4495 - The Challenges of Democratization

Focuses on the process of democratization in historical and comparative perspective. Topics include historical and contemporary debates over the meaning of democracy and how to qualitatively and quantitatively “measure” democracy; the major theories of democratization, democratic transition, and consolidation; trends in authoritarian efforts to limit or prevent democratization; the theory and practice of institutional design in new democracies; case studies of successful and failed democratization.

Requisites: Jr or Sr or Permission Required
Credit Hours: 3
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Learning Outcomes:
  • Compare and contrast different types of definitions of democracy, and assess the significance (conceptually and methodologically) of “defining” democracy.
  • Evaluate competing historical and contingent explanations for the decay of authoritarian regimes and the emergence of democracy.
  • Examine various kinds of pro-democracy political movements and assess their practical strengths and weaknesses in bringing about democratic change.
  • Identify and analyze the various strategies adopted by authoritarian regimes to prevent or limit democratization and democratic movements.
  • Identify and evaluate the various kinds of institutional arrangements available to new democracies, and their strengths and weaknesses with respect to different kinds of societies.

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