Comparative Democratic Development Part II: Conditions of Democracy

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Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences


Description

This course is designed to follow Comparative Democratic Development Part I: Conditions of Democracy. There are no formal prerequisites for this course, although an interest in democracy, democratic structures and institutions, as well as democratic development is key.

The first part of this course explored the definition and elements of liberal democracy and the social, economic, and cultural conditions for sustaining. It also looked at the dynamics of democracy, taking a more actor-centered approach to examine the drivers of democratic transitions and breakdowns. This second and final part of the course takes a more political approach, asking two questions. First, how do the institutions of liberal democracy vary in design, and what institutional choices seem to offer the best prospects for sustaining liberal democracy? What tensions and tradeoffs must be navigated in designing or reforming democratic institutions? Second, is it possible for external actors to assist in the development and defense of democracy? What types of international policies and practices have been most successful in supporting democracy from abroad, and how can democracy be promoted more effectively?

Prerequisites

This course is designed to follow Comparative Democratic Development Part I: Conditions of Democracy. There are no formal prerequisites for this course, although an interest in democracy, democratic structures and institutions, as well as democratic development is key.

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Delivery Option:
Online
Fees:
Online Course Free

This course may not currently be available to learners in some states and territories.