Conceptions of Democracy
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Division: The New School for Social Research
Course Number: GPOL 5330
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
This course analyses the origins, development and ramifications of modern representative democracies in comparative historical perspective. The first part examines formative moments in the history of democracy in ancient Greece and revolutionary England, America and France, its subsequent extension in the advanced industrialized West and vicissitudes in the postcolonial South. The second part of the course assesses the success and failure of various democratic regimes in securing greater personal liberty, political stability, economic development, social equality and cultural recognition for their citizens. The final part explores the renewal, possibilities and limits of contemporary democratic regimes in an era of globalization. The readings include a variety of authors in political theory, comparative politics and historical sociology.
Course Open to: Majors Only
Not open to Undergraduate students.