Democracy and Autocracy. Theories and Empirical Findings M. Kneuer
About the Course
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Democracy and autocracy are core concepts of political science. They are however contested concepts. Therefore, it is important to attain an understanding of basic theories regarding those regimes. Moreover, in the last decades regime change came into the forefront of democracy studies analyzing why and how democratic regimes emerge from autocratic regimes or why and how democractic regression or democratic breakdown take place. Finally, the evidence of the last decades indicates that there is a need of differentiation of such "root concepts" like democracy and autocracy in subtypes reflecting deficient forms of democracies or moderate forms of autocracy. Especially, since 1990 we have observed diverse paths of democratization and autocratization, progress and regression of the worldwide development of democracy and we have found a considerable variety of democratic or autocratic subtypes. This course addresses these developments.
Prof. Marianne Kneuer
Marianne Kneuer is Professor for Political Science and currently holds the position of Director of the Institute of Social Sciences at the University of Hildesheim, Germany. From 1993 until 1999 she was member in the planning staff of the Federal President of Germany, Roman Herzog. Before that she worked as a political journalist (1989-1993). Since 2007 she is member of the Board of the German Society of Political Science; from 2011 until 2013 as president. She is edits several books series and is co-editor of the Journal of Comparative Politics (Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft). Her primary field is comparative politics, especially democratization and democracy and autocracy studies, and secondarily fields of international relations: promotion of democracy and European Politics. Her geographical focus is Central Eastern and Southern Europe with extending interests to Latin America and Eastern Europe.