Rethinking Political Regimes

New School for Social Research: Politics

Liberal Arts
Graduate Course
Degree Students (with Restrictions)
Rethinking Political Regimes
Fall 2022
Taught By: Jessica Pisano
Section: A

CRN: 14594

Credits: 3

This seminar critically explores the uses and limits of the vocabulary we use to describe contemporary political orders: what do concepts like “democracy” and “authoritarianism” illuminate, what do they obscure, and what alternative vocabularies might we consider for thinking and talking about varieties of political regimes? What about political orders that seem to combine elements of different regime types? Contemporary electoral democracies sometimes can seem to veer toward authoritarianism, even as repressive regimes encourage government responsiveness. What are the social, political, and economic conditions that give rise to such apparent ambiguity, and how can our conceptual language accommodate it? How can we parse economic as well as political shifts? Twentieth-century concepts like "fascism" are still relevant in the practice of politics, but are they still helpful for its analysis? Finally, how can we think about political regime type in relation to wars of imperial expansion? This course will address these questions using a range of historical and contemporary case studies.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Politics (GPOL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: December 18, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:20am EST 1/30/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday
Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm
Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th
Room: 261
Date Range: 8/29/2022 - 12/12/2022