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Democratic Erosion

Democratic Erosion

PLSC 297: Democratic Erosion

Spring 2020 

Tuesdays, 4:35-5:50 p.m.
218 Hosler Building
January 14-March 3 

Instructor

Christopher Beem, McCourtney Institute for Democracy Managing Director

Course Description

Many have argued that the world has entered a time of democratic erosion. This course will examine the patterns by which such erosion commonly occurs: how do democracies transition into authoritarianism? The course will examine the framework developed in the book How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt.

It will also review circumstances in a few select countries (including the United States) in which democratic erosion has been alleged to have occurred or to be occurring. We will consider whether and how those examples conform to the Levistky/Ziblatt framework.

More about the course on the Bulletin.