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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2017-18


GOVT 81.09 Democracy in Age of Populism

After the Trump campaign, national electoral politics in the US may never be the same.  How should we understand the populist movements currently capturing headlines across the democratic world?  Populist movements do not challenge democratic ideology, but they do challenge key democratic institutions, among them political parties and limits on executive power.  Do their dynamism and appeal suggest democratic decline or democratic renewal?  Could democracy soon be history, or will it rebound from its current difficulties, as it has on many past occasions (e.g. in post-1945 Europe)?  How have economic change, new technologies, cultural trends, shifts in the international system affected the putative ideational, social, and institutional foundations on which democratic government rests?  Can democracy work in the absence of strong, stable parties?  How can we think intelligently about democracy's recurrent crises and the enormous challenges of democratization?

Distributive and/or World Culture

Dist:SOC; WCult:W

The Timetable of Class Meetings contains the most up-to-date information about a course. It includes not only the meeting time and instructor, but also its official distributive and/or world culture designation. This information supersedes any information you may see elsewhere, to include what may appear in this ORC/Catalog or on a department/program website. Note that course attributes may change term to term therefore those in effect are those (only) during the term in which you enroll in the course.

Offered

Not offered in AY 2017-2018. May be offered in AY 2018-2019.