Intra-state conflict and regime change in non-democratic states (Hönig)

Instructor: Anna Lena Hönig, M.A.

20 Students
Language is English
Registration required

Why are some conflicts violent, while others are not? Why do popular uprisings appear in some countries, but not in others? And why can some uprisings successfully initiating regime change?
This seminar will explore upon those questions, focusing on non-democratic settings such as military, one-party, or personalist regimes. The main forms of intra state-conflict discussed are political violence, anti-regime protest, ethnic conflict and civil war as related to regime change, especially in terms of their onset, intensity, and outcome. Our analysis will focus on the strategic interaction between national and/or transnational actors introducing various methodological approaches to explain intra-state conflict and its implications for democratization.
This course will be taught in English.


  • Gurr, Ted R. 1970. Why Men Rebel. Princeton. Princeton University Press.
  • Tilly, Charles. 2003. The Politics of Collective Violence. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Wood, Elisabeth Jean. 2003. Insurgent Collective Action and Civil War in El Salvador. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Course requirements and assessment:
Students’ regular attendance and active class participation (including acting as a discussant) are required as well as a presentation and a research paper (all in English).

via Studierendenportal
(recommended for BA Politikwissenschaft, Advanced Module International Relations II, 4th semester)

Office hours:
by appointment; please, contact me via email

Dates and times:
Thursday, 10.15-11.45 (weekly), Room: A 5, 6 Bauteil B – B 318