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Electoral Process in Non-Democracies

2022/2023
Academic Year
ENG
Instruction in English
4
ECTS credits
Course type:
Elective course
When:
3 year, 3 module

Instructor

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The course is devoted to the specifics of electoral processes in non-democratic political regimes. The course first investigates why elections acquired this important place in modern societies and what impact they actually have or lack in the political process. Then we move on to survey all major aspects of election architecture and see what normative dilemmas various issues and solutions raise, and what practical effects they have. We will pay particular attention to the last decades burgeoning literature on elections with some competition but low integrity. While the course’s main goal is to assist evidence-based, normatively informed analytical thinking about institutions, it also introduces a wide range of technical and comparativist knowledge regarding democratic and authoritarian ways of organizing elections, and how the effectiveness of various tools can be undermined in practice by regime opponents. The course also surveys when and why elections have effects that run against their manifest function, i.e. undermine popular sovereignty in democracies, or lead to a defeat of authoritarian governments in non-democratic regimes. The course prepares participants to analyze, discuss and shape electoral institutions in various professional roles in the media, politics, education and civil society.