Politics, Law and Social Thought

Politics, Law and Social Thought is a joint program of Rice's School of Humanities and School of Social Sciences that enables Rice students to successfully engage with the big political questions relevant to contemporary society in a global setting. Political theory is the backbone of our understanding of modern democracy and law. Political theory shapes the way democracies work--from government to protest, from protest to revolution and back again. Understanding the foundations of politics and law requires understanding their historical and social contexts.

PLST 315 | Fall 2023

Authoritarian Constitutionalism and
Democratic Dictatorships Since 1848

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