Democratic Theory and Democratization

Democracy is a centrally important concept in political science. Those who wish to study almost any aspect of politics ' from election campaigns to domestic policy processes to international relations ' will, at some point, be expected to articulate a theory of democracy. Even those who study authoritarian regimes often use democratic regimes as counterpoint examples. In short, a well-rounded political scientist must know something about both democratic institutions and democratic theory. This course aims to provide students with an appreciation of the varieties of democratic thought, a knowledge of the great debates in the field, and a sense of how democratic ideals have been approximated in institutional forms.

Number of Credits

2 607

Michael MacKenzie

Course Term

Fall

Course Category

Category B: Disciplines and Intellectual Movements

Course Year

2017