POLSCI 455 - Democratization in Sub-Saharan Africa After the End of the Cold War
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
Credits:
3
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
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In the years immediately following the fall of the Berlin Wall, democratization spread to sub-Saharan Africa. The number of countries there that held multi-party elections rose from 9 to more than 30 and today, nearly all countries in sub-Saharan Africa now hold elections. This course investigates sub-Saharan Africa’s shift towards democracy, the subsequent authoritarian back-sliding of many countries, and the impact of electoral competition on different aspects of political life.

The first part of the course examines Africa’s political regimes in the Cold War period: how did leaders stay in power in the absence of elections? The middle part follows the political openings that took place in the early 1990s, showing how they reflected international trends towards democratization as well patterns specific to the sub-continent. The third part of the course looks at selected topics affected by electoral competition, including economic growth, clientelism, public goods provision, decentralization and electoral violence.

POLSCI 455 - Democratization in Sub-Saharan Africa After the End of the Cold War
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001 (SEM)
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32533
Open
25
 
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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