Department of Political Science

IR 212 Democratization in Non-Western Societies

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This course is archived. It will not be offered again.

Subhasish Ray
Spring 2012 — TR 9:40-10:55

Course Syllabus

This course offers a survey of the leading literature in comparative politics on the topic of democratization with a focus on non-Western societies. The central questions we will address are: Why have political protests in Egypt succeeded in triggering a democratic transition, but not in Syria? Are newly created democracies more likely to be prone to civil war and more likely to initiate inter-state war than consolidated democracies? Should the United States use its military power to promote democracies or should democracies be allowed to emerge endogenously?