The End of Democracy

Several prominent academics, including David Runciman, Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, have recently engaged with the proposition that Western Democracies are presently facing severe challenges that amount to grave threats to the very existence of democracy as set of distinctive, functional political institutions. Is Democracy under threat? Or are the distinctive democratic societies of the West quite robust and able withstand the serious challenges of our times? These lectures survey the challenges from 'within' Western democracies, such as 'Populist Politics', and from 'outside' such as Communist China's Zhi Jinping's insistence on the superiority of the 'One Party Authoritarian State' . The nature of these threats will be identified and an analysis of their likely future impacts on Western democracies will be provided.

DELIVERY MODE

  • Face-to-Face

SUGGESTED READING

  • Guelke, A (2012), Politics in Deeply-Divided Societies, Cambridge, Polity Press.
  • Levitsky, S & Ziblatt, D (2018), How Democracies Die : what history reveals about our future, NY, Random House.
  • Runciman, D (2003), The Confidence Trap :a history of Democracy in crisis from WW I to the Present, Princeton, Princeton Univ Press.
  • Runciman, D (2018), How Democracy Ends, NY, Basic Books.

COURSE OUTLINE

  • The End of Democracy? the nature of the problem;
  • Challenges from 'Within' - explaining the rise of Contemporary Populist Politics in the West; its nature.... & dangers;
  • Celebrity Politics - Schwarzenegger, Reagan, Trump, & the 'hollowing out' of democratic politics?
  • From 'Without' - the rise of China as a threat to the West; Zhi Jin Ping announces the rise of the Communist One Party Authoritarian State as a superior model to Western Democracies ;
  • Democracies - their strengths & weakneses
  • The Future of Democratic Politics... & the Future of the West?

LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Critiically engage with a key contemporary socio-political issue of our time - the debate over the future of democracy in the West;
  2. Have familiarity with the practical analytical techniques of modern political theorizing - methodology, concepts, etc;
  3. Engage with several vital related issues of central concern to contemporary political studies - eg, the impact of the rise of both Populism & the impact of celebrity culture (ie, film stars as 'Politicians)';
  4. Study a vital contemporary political issue with the colleagueship & camraderie of like-minded intelligent, inquisitive & thoughtful people (one's classmates).
$229 Limited / $206

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04 Feb

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