Alma Web Team

316 POL

By any number of measures, democracy is slowly retreating around the world as authoritarianism increasingly succeeds in limiting the power and impact of voters. While historically these efforts were dramatic and abrupt, whether violent insurrections, sudden autogolpes, or military coup d'etats, in recent years it has become much more likely for democracies to be slowly hollowed out from within by democratically-elected leaders. Students will develop a rich understanding of democratic decline through a simulation of Weimar Germany. In addition, students will develop critical analytical skills through a survey of the rapidly-growing empirical literature on democratic decline. Finally, students will advance their data-analytic skills through the creation and analysis, using Microsoft Excel, of a statistical dataset exploring political, economic, demographic, sociological, and other factors connected to democratic decline. (CMP)