as Politics 300s) With the collapse of the USSR we were told that
history was dead and liberal democracy triumphant. There was a "third
wave" of democratic change. How accurate have these optimistic
characterizations turned out to be? After an introduction to theories
of liberal-democracy and to the new discipline of "transitology"
we will look at how states and leaders have applied such liberal-democratic
ideas in Eastern Europe and the former USSR (with comparative examples
from Africa and South America), and with what success.
Social Sciences III-A requirement; S. Jones; Prereq. any two courses
in any combination from Politics, International Relations, or Economics;
1 meeting; 4 credits