Democracy and Democratisation

This information is for the 2017/18 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Francesco Panizza


Additional teaching:

Professor Sebastian Balfour, Professor Sumantra Bose, Dr John Chalcraft, Dr Vesselin Dimitrov, Professor John Sidel.


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 Philosophy, Politics and Economics, BSc in Politics and 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 has focused on several different parts of the world including Eastern Europe, Latin America, South East Asia, China, India, Turkey, 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 9 hours of classes in the MT. 10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the LT. 1 hour of lectures and 1 hour of classes in the ST.

There will be a reading week in Week 6 of both terms.

Formative coursework

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

Indicative reading

The most useful introductory reading are J. Grugel (2002) Democratization: A critical introduction;  L. Whitehead Democratization (2002) and  the articles in Journal of Democracy, January 2015.  Other useful texts are  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); D. A. Rostow (1970) Transitions to Democracy: Towards a Dynamic Model; T. Carothers (2002) The End of the Transition Paradigm?; Donatella Della Porta (2013) Can Democracy be Saved?


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



The Class Summary Grade for General Course students will be calculated as follows: 70% formative coursework, 20% class presentation, 10% class participation (including attendance and contribution).

Student performance results

(2014/15 - 2016/17 combined)

Classification % of students
First 20
2:1 70.3
2:2 8.5
Third 0
Fail 1.2

Key facts

Department: Government

Total students 2016/17: 85

Average class size 2016/17: 14

Capped 2016/17: No

Lecture capture used 2016/17: Yes (MT & LT)

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Communication