Constitution-building and transition to democracy

A.A. 2015/2016
Insegnamento per
6
Crediti massimi
40
Ore totali
Lingua
Inglese
Obiettivi formativi
The course will address the constitution building processes that took place after the collapse of the regimes in Eastern Europe and Soviet Union, viewed in comparison with those that took place in some Latin American and South Mediterranean countries. A comparative method will be used, taking into account interdisciplinary connections, but at the same time reminding the necessity of mastering a legal-constitutional lexicon.

Struttura insegnamento e programma

Edizione attiva
Responsabile
Lezioni: 40 ore
Docenti: Filippini Caterina, Sawicki Jerzy Jan
STUDENTI FREQUENTANTI
Programma
In the first part of the course the students will be introduced to the definition of "countries in transition" in comparative perspective and familiarized with the problematics of constitution building in the same, especially in Russia, in the other former Soviet Republics and in the South Mediterranean countries. Particularly attention will be devoted to the increasing role of the international organizations and of the foreign States in the constitution making process in the above mentioned countries concluding with an analysis concerning the role of institutions in consolidation of democracy and with a critical outlook on the transitional democracy paradigm.
The second part of the course concerns the Central Eastern European and Balkan countries where the so called Huntington's third wave of democratization reached its peak after 1989, but within these countries the steps of the transition differed much from one another. Some specific aspects will examined, distinguishing the differing timings of the transition, taking into account where these transitions merely needed a constitution building and where an additional state building activity was also necessary. As for Latin America, the democratization will be analysed especially through the Eighties, including a reflection on the reasons why it followed antidemocratic reflows in previous decades.
Propedeuticità
Public Law
Prerequisiti e modalità di esame
The students at the end of the first module have to write a paper on a case study to be discussed during the final oral examination.
Materiale didattico e bibliografia
First module : Juan J. Linz, Alfred Stepan, Problems of Democratic Transition and Consolidation. Southern Europe, South America and Post-Communist Europe, Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996, pp. 3-147 pp. 366-433; Documents of OSCE, COE and articles that will be available to the students through the Ariel site.
Second module: Juan J. Linz, Alfred Stepan, Problems of Democratic Transition and Consolidation. Southern Europe, South America and Post-Communist Europe, Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996, pp. 151-365 pp. 434 - 457 and articles that will be available to the students through the Ariel site.
STUDENTI NON FREQUENTANTI
Prerequisiti e modalità di esame
Final oral examination
Materiale didattico e bibliografia
First module : Juan J. Linz, Alfred Stepan, Problems of Democratic Transition and Consolidation. Southern Europe, South America and Post-Communist Europe, Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996, pp. 3-147 pp. 366-433; Documents of OSCE, COE and articles that will be available to the students through the Ariel site.
L. E. Miller (ed.) with L. Aucoin, Framing the State in Times of Transition: Case Studies in Constitution Making: Part I: pp. 3-19, Part. VI: 535-600.
Second module: Juan J. Linz, Alfred Stepan, Problems of Democratic Transition and Consolidation. Southern Europe, South America and Post-Communist Europe, Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996, pp. 151-365 pp. 434 - 457 and articles that will be available to the students through the Ariel site.
L. E. Miller (ed.) with L. Aucoin, Framing the State in Times of Transition: Case Studies in Constitution Making:, Part IV: pp. 311-417, Part V: pp. 435-467, Part VII: 601-667.
Periodo
Secondo trimestre
Periodo
Secondo trimestre
Modalità di valutazione
Esame
Giudizio di valutazione
voto verbalizzato in trentesimi
Docente/i
Ricevimento:
il ricevimento ha luogo ogni mercoledì dalle ore 13.30
stanza 6, dip. Studi internazionali, giuridici, storico politici