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DPI413 Challenges of democratization

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This course in Harvard's Kennedy School of Government is designed for post-graduates, including MPA/ID, MPP and MPA students. It covers the basic principles, theories, conceptual tools, and comparative methods useful for understanding the challenges of democracy and democratization. To understand these issues: 
  1. Part I provides the foundational overview by establishing analytical concepts and indicators; 
  2. Part II considers alternative explanations for the underlying drivers of democratization; 
  3. Part III considers the constitutional designs most conducive to strengthening processes of democratization;
  4. Part IV focuses upon civic society, and the role of political culture, religion and social capital. 
  5. Part VI looks at the consequences of democratic governance for prosperity, welfare and peace.
The class is evaluated through one research paper, one applied briefing memo, and one final professional report. There are no prerequisites for taking the class although some familiarity with statistical analysis and with generating professional-quality policy reports would be advantageous. 

The syllabus for Fall 2015 is available below for PDF download. The updated syllabus for 2017 will be posted in December.

For an appointment to see either Professor Norris or the Course Assistant, Sarah Cameron, sign up for Office Hours