Party Regimes in Developing Countries
The course compares two sets of party regimes in the developing world. These are, first, a number of Southern African countries who are currently strongly dominated by one political party: South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe. These are contrasted with another set of countries from the developing world who were previously dominated by one party, but who have now evolved into multi-party democracies: India, Taiwan, South Korea and Mexico. From this comparison emerges the key questions addressed by this course: could the Southern African countries listed above also evolve into stable multi-party democracies, and if so, under what conditions could this happen?
To be eligible for the course the student must have the equivalent of one year of coursework (60 credits) in Political Science.