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Comparative Democratic Development Part II: Structuring Democracy

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6 weeks
50 USD
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6 weeks
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Course description

Comparative Democratic Development Part II: Structuring Democracy

The first part of this course explored the definition and elements of liberal democracy and the social, economic, and cultural conditions for sustaining. It also looked at the dynamics of democracy, taking a more actor-centered approach to examine the drivers of democratic transitions and breakdowns. This second and final part of the course takes a more political approach, asking two questions. First, how do the institutions of liberal democracy vary in design, and what institutional choices seem to offer the best prospects for sustaining liberal democracy? What tensions and tradeoffs must be navigated in designing or reforming democratic institutions? Second, is it possible for external actors to assist in the development and defense of democracy? What types of international policies and practices have been most successful in supporting democracy from abroad, and how can democracy be promoted more effectively?

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Who should attend?


This course is designed to follow Comparative Democratic Development Part I: Conditions of Democracy. There are no formal prerequisites for this course, although an interest in democracy, democratic structures and institutions, as well as democratic development is key.

Training content

  • Constitutional Design
  • Parties and Party Systems
  • Electoral Systems
  • Choosing Between Different Systems
  • Ethnicity and Ethnic Conflict
  • Managing Ethnic Conflict
  • Corruption
  • International Influences
  • Democracy Promotion

Course delivery details

This course is offered through Stanford University, a partner institute of EdX.

3-6 hours per week


  • Verified Track -$50
  • Audit Track - Free

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What you'll learn

  • Liberal democratic institution design
  • Democratic sustainability
  • Democratic institutional reform
  • External actors and influences in democratic reform
  • Democracy promotion

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