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Бакалаврская программа «Политология и мировая политика»


Comparative authoritarianism

Учебный год
Обучение ведется на английском языке
Курс по выбору
Когда читается:
3-й курс, 2 модуль


Гилев Алексей Владимирович

Course Syllabus


Most of the political theories are focused on democracies, however big share of countries and behavior of politicians and people within these countries could not be explained by the means of theories presuming democratic nature of politics. The growing amount of literature dealing with mentioned blind spot. Today we know more and more about autocratic politics and different types of autocracies, we may understand autocracies not just as deviation from democracy but as having their own internal logic.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The aim of the course is to study what are the main conclusions made by comparative political science on the logic of autocratic rule. We work both with main theories describing politics in autocracies and with certain cases. The latter part is covered by seminars.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Able to think critically and interpret the experience (personal and of other persons), relate to professional and social activities
  • knows main typologies of authoritarian regimes and a logic behind these typologies
  • Able to do research, including the problem analysis, setting goals and objectives, defining the research subject, selecting research methods including its quality control
  • knows the theories on elite management in autocracies
  • knows the dilemma between information and control
  • knows the dilemma between repression and co-optation
  • Student is capable of executing applied analysis of the political phenomena and political processes by using political science methods and in support of practical decision making process
  • knows the basics of political economy of autocracies
  • understands the functions of election in autocracies
  • knows the theories of a quality of governance and the role of state institutions under autocracy
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Varieties of autocracy
    Typologies of authoritarian regimes and their critics
  • Leadership and elite management in autocracies, the role of institutions
  • Dictator’s dilemma
  • Contentious politics under autocracies: repression vs co-optation
  • Sources of autocratic stability: political economy
  • The role of elections under autocracies
  • Autocratic resilience and democratic transition
  • State institutions under autocracies: state building and governance
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking In-class Participation
  • non-blocking Team Project
  • non-blocking Reaction paper
  • non-blocking Examination
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    30% of cumulative grade comes from the reaction paper students write. Team project amounts to 40% of the cumulative grade. All of the team members receive the same grade regardless of their individual contribution. Class participation amounts to another 30% of the cumulative grade. The final mark for the course is worked out by this formula: 0.35 * exam grade + 0.65 * cumulative grade. Final grades will correspond to the following table: 100-95 points – 10 94-85 points – 9 84-75 points – 8 74-65 points – 7 64-55 points – 6 54-45 points – 5 44-35 points - 4 34-25 points – 3 24-15 points - 2 14 and less – 1


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Joseph Wright. (2008). Do Authoritarian Institutions Constrain? How Legislatures Affect Economic Growth and Investment. American Journal of Political Science, (2), 322. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-5907.2008.00315.x
  • Levitsky, S., & Way, L. (2010). Competitive Authoritarianism : Hybrid Regimes After the Cold War. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=331320
  • Pepinsky, T. (2014). The Institutional Turn in Comparative Authoritarianism. British Journal of Political Science, (03), 631. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.a.cup.bjposi.v44y2014i03p631.653.00
  • Svolik, M. W. (2012). The Politics of Authoritarian Rule. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=473250

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Geddes, B. (1999). What Do We Know about Democratization After Twenty Years? Annual Review of Political Science, 2(1), 115. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev.polisci.2.1.115
  • Malesky, E., & Schuler, P. (2010). Nodding or Needling: Analyzing Delegate Responsiveness in an Authoritarian Parliament. American Political Science Review, (03), 482. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.a.cup.apsrev.v104y2010i03p482.502.00
  • Single-party Rule, Benjamin Smith, Thanks To Jason Brownlee, Barbara Geddes, Goran Hyden, Steve Levitsky, & Joel Migdal. (2004). Life of the Party: The Origins of Regime Breakdown and Persistence Under. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.4CB63906