Power is a central category of politics. It occurs in different forms and is often subject to change with regard to its conceptual, institutional and normative dimension. The course discusses different aspects of transition of power by focusing on a number of problématiques including permutations of power, revolutionary change, democratization and evolution of power. The aim of the course is to deepen students’ knowledge with regard to the conceptual and theoretical facets of transition of power as well as its appearances at the political and societal level. In particular, the course will highlight controversies surrounding transition of power in revolutions, randomization of power and power of the powerless as well as discuss them in the context of both democratic and autocratic regimes.

Semester: WT 2019/20