Fall 2017

Democracy, Elections and Voting Behavior in the Developing World (Africa)

Listed in: Political Science, as POSC-234

Moodle site: Course


Chipo Dendere (Section 01)


[IL] In the nearly two decades since the well-known political scientist Samuel Huntington wrote about the third wave of democracy, the majority of countries in the developing world have held successful elections. There is, however, great diversity in the quality of these elections. While elections have become more common, they have also become more violent. In this course we will explore processes of democracy and de-democratization in the developing world. We will investigate how democracy functions in low income, conflict-ridden countries, and those burdened with legacies of non-democratic rule. We also will examine the relationship between democracy and development. We will ask: Is democracy the best form of government? Is democracy worth the cost of lives in war? Should the West focus on promoting democracy in the developing world? While the majority of readings and discussions will focus on democratization in Africa and similar regions, we will use the United States as an important comparative case study.

Limited to 25 students. Fall semester. Professor Dendere.

If Overenrolled: Priority given to senior majors, then to a balance of sophomores and juniors, randomly determined, followed by first-year students.


Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing, Writing Intensive


2020-21: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2017