PhD in Political Theory – GEM


Theories of Democratic Change

Prof. Leonardo Morlino


1. Regimes and political systems: methodological and empirical divides – Oct. 14th (9:00am)

Norris P. (2008), Driving Democracy. Do Power-Sharing Institutions Work?, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 79-99.

Inglehart R. and C. Welzel (2007, 5th ed.), Modernization, Cultural Change and Democracy. The Human Sequence Development, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Acemoglu D. and J.A. Robinson (2012), Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty,New York: Crown, pp. 428-62.

2. Regimes and political systems: how to study the change – Oct. 21st (9:00am)

Dahl, R.A., Shapiro, I., Cheibub J.A.(2003), eds., The Democracy Sourcebook, Cambridge, Massachusetts, London, England: The MIT Press.

Morlino, L. (2008), “Democracy and Changes: How Research Tails Reality”, West European Politics, Vol. 31, issues 1 & 2, pp. 40-59.

Rothstein, B. (2011), Change, in International Encyclopedia of Political Science, Sage Publications.

3. Democracies and hybrid regimes: researches and empirical results – Oct. 28th (9:00am)

Diamond L. (2002), ‘Thinking About Hybrid Regimes’, Journal of Democracy, 13 (2): 25-31.

Linz, J. J. (1964), ‘An Authoritarian Regime: the Case of Spain’, in E. Allardt and Y. Littunen (eds.), Cleavages, Ideologies and Party Systems, Helsinki, Westermarck Society, 291-342.

Morlino, L. (2011), Changes to Democracy, Oxford University Press, chapter. 3.

4.  The transition to democracy – Nov. 11th (9:00am)

Morlino, L. (2011), Changes to Democracy, Oxford University Press, chapter 4. O’Donnell, G.A. & Schmitter, P.C. (eds) (1986), Transitions from Authoritarian Rule: Some Tentative Conclusions About Uncertain Democracies, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins U.P., pp. 1-36

Bunce, V. (2000), “Comparative democratization: big and bounded generalizations”. In Comparative Political Studies, vol. 33, n. 6-7, pp. 703-34.

5. Democratic consolidation and the crisis –  Nov. 18th(9:00am)

Diamond, L. (1999), Developing democracy: toward consolidation, Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press.

Morlino, L. (2011), Changes to Democracy, Oxford University Press, chapter 5

 6. Transitions, consolidations, and crisis: domestic and international factors – Nov. 25th (9:00am)

Huntington, S.P. (1991) The Third Wave. Democratization in the Late Twentieth Century, Norman and London, University of Oklahoma Press, pp. 85-108

Magen M. and L. Morlino (2008), eds., International Actors, Democratization and the Rule of Law. Anchoring Democracy?, London and New York, Routledge (paperback ed. 2009).

Levitsky, S. & Lucan Way (2005), “International Linkage and Democratization”, Journal of Democracy, 16, issue 3, pp 20-24.

7. Theoretical analysis of democratic quality – Dec. 2th (9:00pm)

Lijphart A. (1999), Patterns of Democracy. Government Forms and Performance in Thirty-six Countries, New Haven, Yale University Press, chapters 14 -15.

Morlino, L. (2011), Changes to Democracy, Oxford University Press, chapter 7. 

8. Empirical analysis of democratic quality – Dec. 9th (9:00am)

Merkel et al. On the quality of democracy (see website)

Teorell et, Quality of Government (see website)

Morlino, L. (2011), Changes to Democracy, Oxford University Press, forthcoming, chapter. 8

Morlino, L. (2013), Qualities of democracy in Latin America. A Report, forthcoming.

Diamond, L. & L. Morlino (2005), eds., Assessing the Quality of Democracy, The Johns Hopkins U.P.

Research on Data set to be suggested in the class.

9. Research perspectives – Dec. 16th(11:00am)

Morlino, L. (2011), Changes to Democracy, Oxford University Press, chapter 8


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