Department: Politics and Government
Description: Intensive review and analysis of critical global problems and strategies for dealing with them. Multiple enrollments are allowed if content is different.
Prerequisites: Select 1 of the following: POL 150, 151, 251, 252, 254, 255, or consent of the instructor, or graduate standing
Credit Hours: 3
Dates: 08/19/2019 - 12/07/2019
Building: Schroeder Hall 215 (SCH 215)
Instructor Name: Ali Riaz
Section Note: Democracy in Crisis (Topic) In the past decade there has been steady decline of countries practicing liberal democracy, and the health of democracy in consolidated democracies, such as the United States, has become a matter of serious concern. The crisis has been described variously, for example, democratic recession, democratic backsliding, democracy in decline, and democratic erosion, to name a few. We have witnessed the rise of populist leaders who have undermined the democratic institution, experienced the rise of regimes who are neither democratic nor authoritarian, and observed that elected governments abandoning the key tenets of liberalism such as minority rights, individual autonomy, and meaningful constraints on the government through law and independent institutions. Once considered the fourth estate – press – is now being labelled as ‘enemy of the people’ by leaders of democratic countries. Freedom House, and the Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU), in the past years, have documented this frightful trend. It is against this background this course will explore the state of democracy around the world, study the mechanism of decline of democracy, examine the causes of the ongoing downturn, scrutinize the newly emerging forms of regimes, and discuss the potential trajectories. The course will involve extensive readings, incisive discussions in class, and completion of an assigned country study as the final paper.
Textbooks have not been finalized for section.