JPA453H1: Authoritarianism in Comparative Perspective



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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, with some emphasis on Asian authoritarian states.

(Given by the Department of Political Science and the Contemporary Asian Studies Program)

2.0 POL credits/2.0 CAS credits
Distribution Requirements
Social Science
Breadth Requirements
Society and its Institutions (3)