Politics and Social Changes

The aim of the course is that the students should acquire familiarity with Social Science theories that address political and social change in developing countries. The students should be able to make critical assessments of the theories, and develop the ability to use the theories for the analysis of issues related to political and social change in developing countries.

A number of current key issues in the study of political and social change are discussed  and analysed. The course includes the broad themes of: 1) different types of regimes and modes of regime change (i.e. democratisation, democratic consolidation,  democratic erosion and breakdown); the design of political institutions in relation to  state-building, peace-building, and democracy-building; issues of rule of law, accountability, and citizenship; 2) issues of state capacity, (neo-)patrimonialism, and the weak state syndrome in relation to policy process and implementation; 3) the various and complex roles of civil society and social movements in a globalised context.




Collins, Kathleen, 2004.” The Logic of Clan Politics. Evidence from the Central Asian Trajectories”, World Politics, vol 56, pp 224-261

Elliott, Carolyn, M (ed.) (2003). Civil Society and Democracy. A Reader. New Delhi: Oxford University Press. (508 p.)

Erikson, Daniel P & Adam Minson, 2005. The Caribbean: Democracy Adrift? Journal of Democracy, vol 16, no 4, pp 159-171

Haynes, Jeff, 2004. ”Religion and Democratization in Africa”, Democratization, vol  11, no 4, pp 66-89

Howell, Jude & Jenny Pearce (2002). Civil Society and Development. A Critical Exploration. Boulder: Lynne Rienner. (266 p.)

Jean Grugel, 2002. Democratization. A Critical Introduction. Houndmills: Palgrave.

Keck, Margaret E. & Kathryn Sikkink (1999) ”Transnational Advocacy Networks in International and Regional Politics”, International Social Science Journal, vol. 51, no. 159, pp. 89-102 (13 p.) http://elin.lub.lu.se/cgi-bin/linker/ebsco_local?1748510

Leheny, David (2005) ”Terrorism, Social Movements, and International Security: How Al Qaeda affects Southeast Asia”, Japanese Journal of Political Science, vol. 6, no. 1 pp. 87-109 (22 p.)

McMillan, John, 2005. ”Promoting Transparency in Angola”, Journal of Democracy, vol 16, no 3, pp 155-169

Reynolds, Andrew, ed., 2002. The Architecture of Democracy. Constitutional Design, Conflict Management, and Democracy. Ch 1-9, 13, 15. Oxford: Oxford University Press (312 p.)

Schedler, Andreas, ed., 2006. Electoral Authoritarianism: The Dynamics of Unfree Competition. Boulder: Lynne Rienner (267 p.)

Scholte, Jan Aart (2004) ”Civil Society and Democratically Accountable Global  Governance”, Government and Opposition, vol. 39, no. 2, pp. 211-233 (22 p.) http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/pdf/ 10.1111/j.1477-7053.2004.00121.x

Tendler, Judith, 1997. Good Government in the Tropics. Boulder: Lynne Rienner (191 p.)

van Cott, Donna Lee, 2005. Building Inclusive Democracies: Indigenous Peoples and Ethnic Minorities in Latin America. Democratization, vol 12, pp 820-837


Benchmarking: Faculty of Social Sciences, Lund University.


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