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A GUIDE TO COURSES

granted. In new democracies such as Tunisia and Indonesia, political leaders capitalize on instability and disorder that invariably attend democratic transition to call for a return to the old, authoritarian order. And in authoritarian regimes, leaders point to models of economic success offered by such countries as China and Singapore to portray undemocratic, nonconsensual politics as more capable of delivering the prosperity that citizens desire. The legitimacy that democracy once enjoyed is now no more. In order to understand what we can do to erect democracy where it doesn’t exist, to make it work better where it is does exist, and to shore it up where it is fragile, this course draws on a variety of literatures to distill key lessons for citizens, activists, and policymakers. The readings will also cover a variety of regions, from Europe to Latin America to the Middle East to Southeast Asia, and will bring into dialogue the work of scholars and practitioners. Exercises will be writing intensive, and intended to help students develop their own intellectually coherent visions for how democracy can be built, deepened, and defended. This course is designed for students who seek careers in development and in international affairs. In addition to emerging with tools and insights useful for supporting democracy in their home countries and around the world, students will gain groundings in some of the principal social scientific approaches to the analysis of democracy and authoritarianism.

DPI 407

Getting and Keeping Democracy Fall

Tarek Masoud, Scott Mainwaring

Spring G: American Politics: Thomas Patterson H: American Politics: Matthew Baum I: Comparative Politics for International and Global Affairs: Tarek Masoud J: Comparative Politics: Candelaria Garay

This is a course about how democracy comes into being and how it breaks down, and about what citizens, activists, and policymakers around the world can do to make the former more likely and the latter less so. Around the world, there is an increasing sense that democracy is under threat. In established democracies such as the United States and France, nativist and populist political leaders question liberal, democratic arrangements that had long been taken for granted. In new democracies such as Tunisia and Indonesia, political leaders capitalize on instability and disorder that invariably attend democratic transition to call for a return to the old, authoritarian order. And in authoritarian regimes, leaders point to models of economic success offered by such countries as China and Singapore to portray undemocratic, nonconsensual politics as more capable of delivering the prosperity that citizens desire. The legitimacy that democracy once enjoyed is now no more.

This is a course about fundamental problems of participation, democratic governance, and

In order to understand what we can do to erect democracy where it doesn’t exist, to make it

TAREK MASOUD DPI 101

Political Institutions and Public Policy

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conflict in contemporary political systems. It will provide students with an analytical toolkit for understanding and acting on the political dimensions of policy problems. The G and H sections consider these questions primarily through the prism of American political institutions and the context they create for policymaking. The I and J sections look at systematic variations across different sorts of political institutions in both advanced and developing democracies, as well as in countries that are not democracies. The class develops the skills for effective political analysis and advocacy, including memo- and op-ed writing, as well as the skills to brief actors who need to know everything about the politics of a situation in a short period of time. Open to MPP1 students only.

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2018-19 Ash Center Course Guide  

This guide identifies courses offered by the various faculties of Harvard Kennedy School that are relevant to the study of democratic govern...

2018-19 Ash Center Course Guide  

This guide identifies courses offered by the various faculties of Harvard Kennedy School that are relevant to the study of democratic govern...

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