Democracy and Democratisation

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Francesco Panizza CON5.12 and Dr John Chalcraft CON5.16


This course is available on the BSc in Government, BSc in Government and Economics, BSc in Government and History, BSc in International Relations, BSc in Politics and Philosophy and BSc in Social Policy with Government. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.


Students must have completed Introduction to Political Science (GV101).

Course content

The course is concerned with theories and case studies of democratic transformations. It focuses on several different parts of the world including Eastern Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the former Soviet Union. It analyses processes of transition to democracy in historical context and also analyses relations between democracy, democratisation and economic development in a global capitalist economy.


10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the MT. 10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the LT. 2 hours of classes in the ST.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 2 essays in the MT and LT.

Indicative reading

L. Whitehead Democratization (2002); Rueschemeyer, Dietrich, Evelyne Huber Stephens, and John D. Stephens. (1991) Capitalist Development and Democracy. Oxford and Cambridge: Polity, pp.41-78 69-105, 1995; A Przeworski, Democracy and the Market (1991); Martin Wolf, Why Globalisation Works (2004); Amy Chua, World on Fire (2003).


Exam (100%, duration: 3 hours) in the main exam period.

Key facts

Department: Government

Total students 2012/13: Unavailable

Average class size 2012/13: Unavailable

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Communication