Democracy and Global Governance - 2nd semester


The course aims to give students an understanding of the major analytical traditions, conceptual and methodological innovation, and themes researched in the field of Democracy and Global Government

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Bernardo Luís Campos Pinto Cruz, Diogo Ramada Curto


Weekly - 2

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Teaching language





Nancy Bermeo, Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times: The Citizenry and the Collapse of Democracy, Princeton University Press, 2003, pp. 1-65. Juan Linz, The Breakdown of Democratic Regimes, Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1978 Peter Gourevitch, Politics in Hard Times. Comparative Responses to International Economic Crises, Ithaca and London, Cornell University Press, 1986. Carles Boix, Democracy and Redistribution, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003 Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson, Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2005 Thomas Ertman, ed., Max Weber’s Economic Ethic of World Religions, Cambridge University Press, 2017 Michael Bernhard, Tiago Fernandes and Rui Branco, eds., Civil, Society, Inequality and Democracy: Cross-Regional Comparisons, Comparative Politics, April 2017 Evelyn Huber e John D. Stephens, Development and Crisis of the Welfare State. Parties and Policies in Global Markets, 2001

Teaching method

Lectures introducing the major themes of the course (60%), and presentation and discussion of assigned readings by students (40%).

Evaluation method

Assessment: one written essay at the end of the term. Students may also enroll for a final examination, in order to improve their marks. Active participation in the classes is taken into account for the final marks

Subject matter

1.Democratic decay in the contemporary world. 2. The collapse of democracy in the interwar years. 3. Capitalist Globalization and Democracy – Historical Perspectives. 4. Inequality and Democracy. 5. Hybrid regimes and the conditions for democracy in the developing world. 6. Religion and capitalism. 7. Globalization and economic and social policy. 8. Civil Society, Inequality, and Democracy. 9. Globalization and the welfare-state l


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