Middlebury

IGST 0427

How Democracies Die

How Democracies Die
After years of expansion since the end of the cold war, democracy now is in retreat. From young democracies in the developing world to bastions of liberal democracy in Western Europe and North America, democratic political systems are under mounting pressure. What are the fundamental features of this recession? What are the driving forces behind global democratic backsliding? Why do people support autocrats? In this course we will tackle these questions and discuss an array of factors that contribute to global democratic recession including the role of the political elite, failing institutions, eroding norms, and the role of ordinary people. In so doing we will delve deeper into economic and social causes of this decline. Our focus will span from global trends to individual cases such as Venezuela, Turkey, Hungary, India, the United States, and the Philippines. (Not open to students who have taken FYSE 1544) 3 hrs. Sem.
Subject:
International & Global Studies
Department:
International & Global Studies
Division:
Interdisciplinary
Requirements Fulfilled:
CMP SOC
Equivalent Courses:
PSCI 0427 *

Sections

Fall 2021

IGST0427A-F21 Seminar (Gumuscu)

Fall 2020

IGST0427A-F20 Seminar (Gumuscu)