University of Erfurt
According to the latest Freedom House’s report, global democracy is in further decline, with the number of countries experiencing deterioration outnumbering those with improvements by the largest margin since this negative trend began to be observed 15 years ago. In this course, students are familiarized with three successive developments in global democracy as well as with the political science concepts and literature that have accompanied these trends: first, the inception of the third wave of democratization in the 1970s-1990s; second, democratic recession and problems in the quality of consolidating democracies; third, developments leading to democratic erosion and backsliding. Students will learn to work with key concepts and indicators related to each of these trends. They will work with case studies.