Undergraduate Course Code: POL410H1F L0101
Topics in Comparative Politics III
Authoritarianism in Comparative Perspective
This course examines the politics of authoritarianism in theory and practice. It covers major theories in authoritarian politics, ranging from selectorate theory, authoritarian institutions, impact of institutions on political outcome, ways of measuring authoritarian state power, democracy and development, to social movement and state repression in authoritarian regime, and political transitions. On empirical application, we will draw on cases from around the world.
A collection of readings from journal articles and book chapters.
Format and Requirements
One two-hour seminar per week. Students are expected to have done the readings before the seminar.