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2021-2022 Catalog

GOVT 229 Post-Cold War Political Regimes

This course analyzes post-Cold-War political regimes. We proceed regionally, examining contemporary political systems in (1) Latin America, (2) Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, (3) sub-Saharan Africa, (4) China, and (5) the Middle East. We ask why these regions, and different countries within these regions, have different types of regime (e.g. democratic, competitive authoritarian, full authoritarian). We close by asking whether Western democracies are in crisis, and whether the post-Cold-War era is over. [W]


GOVT 102 or 103 or instructor's permission


Van Dyck