The Politics of Authoritarian Regimes (POLS 457)

2021 Spring
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Political Science(POLS)
3
6.00 / 6.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Ayşe Gülden Kadıoğlu ayse@sabanciuniv.edu,
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English
Undergraduate
POLS250
Formal lecture
Interactive,Discussion based learning
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CONTENT

This course aims to provide students with a better understanding of the conceptual and operational differences between authoritarian and democratic regimes. It examines the similarities and differences among varieties of authoritarian regimes, the factors that lead to democratic backsliding and establishment of authoritarian rule, the strategies that authoritarian power- holders use for regime survival, state-society relations under authoritarian rule, the paths toward the end of authoritarian regimes, and re-democratization.

LEARNING OUTCOME

Delineate the various definitions of democracy and authoritarianism and their different manifestations.
Understand the dynamics of new authoritarian, hybrid regimes.
Review the dynamics of opposition in new authoritarian regimes.

ASSESSMENT METHODS and CRITERIA

  Percentage (%)
Midterm 40
Exam 40
Participation 10
Homework 10

RECOMENDED or REQUIRED READINGS

Textbook

Erica Frantz, Authoritarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018)/available as an E-book at Sabancı University Information Center.

Readings

Additional articles that are listed in the syllabus and available in SUCourse.