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Special Topics in Political Science (390-0-25)


Rise of Authoritarian Populism


Busra Nur Karakoc

Meeting Info

University Hall 118: Mon, Wed 11:00AM - 12:20PM

Overview of class

The rise of authoritarian populist forces in recent years has generated new challenges in many affluent societies and long-established democracies, such as the US, UK, Germany, Italy, Greece, and France, as well as in states worldwide, such as in Venezuela, Brazil, Hungary, Turkey, the Philippines, Thailand, and India. • What explains the rise of these forces? • What are the consequences? • And what can be done to mitigate the risks? This course analyzes these issues from a comparative perspective.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the course, you should be able to discuss: (i) The core concept of populism and the classification and measurement of authoritarian and libertarian varieties of populist parties and leaders in different world regions; (ii) Market model explanations focused on ‘demand-side' cultural value change, economic grievances, and patterns of immigration, and also ‘supply-side' electoral rules and party competition; (iii) The consequences for trust, the civic culture and liberal democracy; (iv) Alternative strategic policy responses.

Teaching Method

Seminar & Discussion

Evaluation Method

Attendance and participation (%20) Discussion leadership (%30) Workgroup research report (%20) Final paper (%30)