PSCI 6400 - Schedule

  PSCI 6400





Schedule of Classes and Assignments

Week #1

Tuesday, January 9: : Introduction to the course.

Week #2

Tuesday, January 16: Traditional explanations for democratic development. The transition to transition studies.


  • Seymour Martin Lipset, 1959. "Some Social Requisites of Democracy." APSR (March). <e-reserve>
  • Dankwart Rustow, 1970. "Transitions to Democracy: Toward a Dynamic Model." Comparative Politics (April.) <e-reserve>
  • Larry Diamond, 1992. "Economic Development and Democracy Reconsidered." In Gary Marks and Larry Diamond (eds.), Reexamining Democracy (London: Sage) 99-139. <e-reserve>
  • Dietrich Rueschemeyer, Evelyne Huber Stephens and John Stephens, 1993. Capitalist Development and Democracy (Chicago: University of Chicago Press.) Chapters 1, 2, 3 & 7. <Waldo reserve>

Week #3

Tuesday, January 23: Transitology and Consolidology I.


  • Guillermo O’Donnell and Philippe Schmitter (eds.), 1986. Transitions from Authoritarian Rule: Tentative Conclusions about Uncertain Democracies (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press). <bookstore & Waldo reserve>
  • Samuel Huntington, 1991. The Third Wave: Democratization in the Late Twentieth Century (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press). <bookstore & Waldo reserve>

Week #4

Tuesday, January 30: Transitology and Consolidology II.


  • Juan Linz and Al Stepan, 1996. Problems of Democratic Transition and Consolidation (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press). "Part I: Theoretical Overview," 3-83. <Waldo reserve>
  • Terry Lynn Karl, 1990. "Dilemmas of Democratization in Latin America." Comparative Politics 23:1, 1-21. <e-reserve>
  • The following three articles are a dialogue. (O'Donnell's first article appears in the same e-reserve book as the following two. The citation provided is from its original publication.)
    • Guillermo O'Donnell, 1996. "Illusions About Consolidation." Journal of Democracy 7:2, 34-51. <e-reserve>
    • Richard Gunther, P. Nikiforos Diamandouros, and Hans Jürgen Puhle, 1996. "O'Donnell's 'Illusions': A Rejoinder." Journal of Democracy 7:4, 151-159. <access through library web site - not on e-reserve>
    • Guillermo O’Donnell, 1996. "Illusions and Conceptual Flaws: A Response." Journal of Democracy 7:4, 160-168. <access through library web site - not on e-reserve>
  • Adam Przeworski, Michael Alvarez, Joseé Antonio Cheibub, and Fernando Limongi, 1996. "What Makes Democracies Endure?" Journal of Democracy 7:1, 39-55. <e-reserve>
  • Guillermo O’Donnell. 2004."Why the Rule of Law Matters." Journal of Democracy 15:4, 32-46. <e-reserve>

Week #5

Tuesday, February 6: Transitology and Consolidology III.


  • Stephanie Lawson, 1993. "Conceptual Issues in the Comparative Study of Regime Change and Democratization." Comparative Politics 25:2, 183-205. <e-reserve>
  • Stephan Haggard and Robert R. Kaufman, 1995. The Political Economy of Democratic Transitions (Princeton: Princeton University Press). Introduction and chapters 5-8. <bookstore & Waldo reserve>
  • Waylen, Georgina. 1994. "Women and Democratization: Conceptualizing Gender Relations in Transition Politics." World Politics 46:3, 327-354.<e-reserve>
  • Alvarez, Sonia E. 1989. "Politicizing Gender and Engendering Democracy." In Alfred Stepan (ed.), Democratizing Brazil: Problems of Transition and Consolidation. Oxford U Press.<e-reserve>
  • Lucan Way, "The Real Causes of the Color Revolutions." Journal of Democracy 19:3 (July 2008), 55-69. <e-reserve>

Week #6

Tuesday, February 13: Regional Variations. Democracy Promotion.


  • Valerie Bunce, 2000. "Comparative Democratization: Big and Bounded Generalizations." Comparative Political Studies 33:6-7, 703-734. <e-reserve>
  • The following is a dialogue published by Slavic Review in 1994-95. <e-reserve>
    • Philippe Schmitter and Terry Lynn Karl, 1994. "The Conceptual Travels of Transitologists and Consolidologists: How Far to the East Should They Attempt to Go?" Slavic Review 53:1, 173-185.
    • Valerie Bunce, 1995. "Should Transitologists Be Grounded?" Slavic Review 54:1, 111-127.
    • Philippe Schmitter and Terry Lynn Karl, 1995. "From an Iron Curtain to a Paper Curtain: Grounding Transitologists or Students of Postcommunism?" Slavic Review 54:4, 965-978.
    • Valerie Bunce, 1995. "Paper Curtains and Paper Tigers." Slavic Review 54:4, 979-987.
  • Gideon Rose, "Democracy Promotion and American Foreign Policy: A Review Essay." International Security 25:3 (Winter 2000/1), 186-203. <e-reserve>
  • Peter Burnell, "From Evaluating Democracy Assistance to Appraising Democracy Promotion." Political Studies 56 (2008), 414-434. <e-reserve>

Week #7

Tueday, February 20: States, Societies and Democratization. Types of Democracy.


  • Antonio Gramsci. 1994 [and other editions]. Selections from the Prison Notebooks (Columbia University Press). Part II, Ch. 2, “State and Civil Society.” <Waldo reserve and e-book on library web site>
  • Larry Diamond, 2002. "Thinking About Hybrid Regimes," Journal of Democracy, 13:2, 21-35. <e-reserve>
  • Steven Levitsky and Lucan A. Way, 2002. “The Rise of Competitive Authoritarianism,” Journal of Democracy, 13:2, 51-65. <e-reserve>
  • Guillermo O'Donnell, 1994. "Delegative Democracy." Journal of Democracy, 5:1, 55-69. <e-reserve>

Week #8

Tuesday, February 27: Measuring Democracy. Institutional Design I.


  • Gerardo Munck and Jay Verkuilen. 2002. "Conceptualizing and Measuring Democracy: Evaluating Alternative Indices." Comparative Political Studies 35:1, 5-34. <e-reserve>
  • Skim: Mihaiela Ristei Gugiu and Miguel Centellas. 2013. "The Democracy Cluster Classification Index." Political Analysis 21:3, 334-349. <e-reserve>
  • Robert Goodin (ed.), 1996. The Theory of Institutional Design (Cambridge University Press). Chapters by Goodin, Coram, and Dryzek. <Waldo reserve>
  • Pippa Norris, 2004. Electoral Engineering: Voting Rules and Political Behavior (Cambridge University Press). Chapters 1 & 11. <Waldo reserve and e-book on library web site>

Week #9

Tuesday, March 13: Institutional Design II.


  • Andrew Reynolds, 2002. The Architecture of Democracy: Constitutional Design, Conflict Management, and Democracy (Oxford University Press). Chapters 1, 2, 6, 9. <bookstore & Waldo reserve>
  • Nancy Bermeo, 2002. "The Import of Institutions." Journal of Democracy 13:23 (April), 96-110. <e-reserve>
  • Timothy Meisburger. 2012. "Getting Majoritarianism Right." Journal of Democracy 23:1 (January), 155-163 . <e-reserve>
  • Andrew Reynolds and John Carey. 2012. "Getting Elections Wrong." Journal of Democracy 23:1 (January), 164-168. <e-reserve>

Week #10

Tuesday, March 20: Institutional Design III.


  • Jose Antonio Cheibub and Fernando Limongi. 2002. "Democratic Institutions and Regime Survival: Parliamentary and Presidential Democracies Reconsidered." Annual Review of Political Science 5, 151-179. <e-reserve>
  • Jon Elster, Claus Offe, and Ulrich Preuss, with Frank Boenker, Ulrike Goetting, and Friedbert Rueb, 1998. Institutional Design in Post-Communist Societies: Rebuilding the Ship at Sea (Cambridge University Press), chs 1, 2, 4, 7, 8. <bookstore & Waldo reserve>
  • Steven Boraz and Thomas Bruneau. 2006. "Democracy and Effectiveness." Journal of Democracy 17:3 (April), 28-42. <e-reserve>
  • Zoltan Barany. 2015. "Exits from Military Rule: Lessons for Burma." Journal of Democracy 26:2 (April) 86-100. <e-reserve>

Week #11

Tuesday, March 26: Formal and Informal Institutions.


  • Peter Hall and Rosemary Taylor, 1996. "Political Science and the Three New Institutionalisms." Political Studies 44, 936-57. <e-reserve>
  • Elinor Ostrom, 1990. Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action (New York: Cambridge University Press), chs. 1 & 6. <Waldo reserve>
  • Gretchen Helmke and Stephen Levitsky, 2004. "Informal Institutions and Comparative Politics: A Research Agenda." Perspectives on Politics 2:4, 725-740. <e-reserve>
  • Mahendra Lawoti. "Informal Institutions and Exclusion in Democratic Nepal." Himalayan 28:1-2 (2008). <e-reserve>

Week #12

Tuesday, April 3: Class presentations.

Week #13

Tuesday, April 10: Class presentations.

Week #14

Tuesday, April 17: Class presentations.

Week #15

Tuesday, April 24: Final exam.