POLI 7808 Comparative Regime Change (Fall: 3 )
The course investigates the wave of collapsed dictatorships in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. While some regime changes are relatively peaceful, many are violent as protest politics from below confronts official coercion from above. The class is especially interested in cases where coercion was tried and failed to keep an authoritarian regime in power. The course also examines subsequent efforts to build new democratic regimes, which in some places succeeded, but in other places led to new forms of authoritarianism. Case studies are drawn from around the world, with a particular focus on the Communist experience.
Instructor(s): Gerald Easter
Last Updated: 07-Dec-13