For quite some time now, observers have been concerned with the end of the so-called ‘third wave’ of democratisation and the dawn of a reverse trend of regime change. However, while open-ended coups have decreased over time, we currently see the prevalence of novel and less blatant forms of democratic erosion. Such processes of dismantling of the liberal-democratic order often rest on the ability of illiberal governments to use legalism to kill liberalism. The emergence of illiberal enclaves within the European Union testifies the relevance of this phenomenon and prompts a reflection on the threats illiberals in power pose to democratic quality and the responses elaborated by institutional as well as non-institutional actors.
Please, contact the instructor via email to request the syllabus.
The course is run as a series of seminars and attendance is mandatory. Each session will be student-centred and primarily consist of peer discussion. For each meeting, students are required to participate actively based on the readings reported in the syllabus. At each meeting, students will present and discuss the readings, describing their contents, methods, and findings in a critical manner. Then, a general discussion will follow. Core readings are mandatory for all. The working language of the course is English. Neither online nor blended teaching is envisaged at this stage.
Please note that all SNS and visiting students are welcome to join the course as auditors but they are required to participate actively to in-class sessions – including presentations and discussions – on the basis of the same core readings as enrolled students.
The students will be evaluated on the basis of their class participation (25%), presentation and discussion of the readings (25%), and a 3,000-word paper (50%) to be delivered by – and no later than – 10 June 2022. The paper will consist of a critical examination of one or more empirical manifestation of illiberalism, through the thematic prism afforded by the course. The specific focus of the paper shall be agreed upon with the instructor by the second week of the course. MA students may submit their final assignment in Italian, if so wished. Final grades are expressed on a 30-point scale for MA students (following the Italian grading system) and in terms of ‘pass/fail’ for PhD students.
Wednesday, 6 April 2022
Wednesday, 13 April 2022
Wednesday, 20 April 2022
Cases, causes, and consequences
Wednesday, 27 April 2022
Responses (and leeway)
Wednesday, 4 May 2022
Wednesday, 11 May 2022
Guest speaker: Milada Anna Vachudova, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill