Political Science | Authoritarian Government
Y490 | 5493 | --


Political systems relying on authoritarianism have long prevailed
throughout history.  How are authoritarian regimes different from
democracies?  What different types of authoritarian regimes are
there?

This seminar analyzes a combination of theoretical and empirical
readings on political institutions and government behavior in
authoritarian regimes, with the goal of uncovering a common logic in
the exercise of authoritarian government.  We address two main sets
of questions:  (1) how can authoritarian regimes gather political
support while simultaneously limiting political freedom? (2) How can
authoritarian regimes promote economic development in the absence of
political institutions to constrain abuse of government authority?

In order to answer these questions we will read and discuss the work
of political scientists, economists, and historians.  The first part
of the course focuses on recent theoretical approaches for the study
of authoritarian governments.  A second part provides a historical
and comparative perspective based on various case studies from
across the World.  The third and final part addresses totalitarian
regimes."