We will be reading the following texts in their entirety:
  • O'Donnell, Guillermo A., and Philippe C. Schmitter. 1986. Transitions from Authoritarian Rule: Tentative Conclusions about Uncertain Democracies. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. To buy: ISBN 0801826829 (Pbk). Library Catalog.
  • Sebestyen, Victor 2009. Revolution 1989:1989: The Fall of the Soviet Empire. New York: Vintage. To buy: ISBN 0307387925. Library Catalog.

Book of readings and course reserves

All other readings will be available as a course book or through e-reserves, or you may be able to access them directly on the internet. A list of these readings, with links (where available) and notes, is available here:

All undergraduate textbooks and student notes will be sold from the Memorial Theatre foyer from 7 February to 11 March 2011, while postgraduate textbooks and student notes will be available from the top floor of vicbooks in the Student Union Building, Kelburn Campus. After week two of the trimester all undergraduate textbooks and student notes will be sold from vicbooks on Level 3 of the Student Union Building.

Customers can order textbooks and student notes online at or can email an order or enquiry to Books can be couriered to customers or they can be picked up from nominated collection points at each campus. Customers will be contacted when they are available.

Opening hours are 8.00 am – 6.00 pm, Monday – Friday during term time (closing at 5.00 pm in the holidays). Phone: 463 5515.

Other useful texts

I maintain a large bibliography of potentially useful resources, tagged by topic, in this CiteULike group. You are encouraged to sign up to CiteULike and contribute to this bibliography. (You will need to create an account, and then join the POLS209 group to do so; if you need help please let me know. Serious annotated contributions to the bibliography may be credited to your grade for the online component of assessment; consult the lecturer if you are interested in this option).