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Institutions and Change under Autocracy

"Nodding or Needling: Analyzing Delegate Responsiveness in an Authoritarian Parliament", this title of a study by Malesky & Schuler (2010) guides this course. What are the roles and functions of different political institutions in autocratic regimes - are they a source of regime challenge or are they supporting regime stability? To engage with these research questions and trying to find answers , this course will deal with the central political institutions (parliaments, courts, constitutions) and their role for the endurance and establishment of non-democratic structures. Empirically, this means that we will analyze the formal and informal functions of these institutions in different regional contexts. This will rely on a critical discussion of established research on transformation, democratization and regime types. The course is intended for students with an interest in comparative political science, in particular transformation research and the functioning of political institutions.

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