Survival and Demise of Dictatorships

POLD92H3F | Fall 2019 | Department of Political Science | University of Toronto, Scarborough

This course explores the world of dictatorships in modern history. What are dictatorships? How do they start? How do dictators and their allies consolidate power? How do policymaking and politics work under autocracies? How do dictatorships vary from one to another? Why do some authoritarian regimes survive for many years while others quickly collapse? How do the international system and powerful states affect the durability of dictatorships? When are dictatorships likely to democratize? The course covers both current and historical cases of authoritarian rule. We will explore how social scientists have come to explain these questions through a variety of methods.

The syllabus is available here.