The Latent Dimensions of Autocratic Rule

The Latent Dimensions of Autocratic Rule

Barbara Geddes, James Honaker, and Joseph Wrigh have posted an important working paper on SSRN, titled “Measuring What You Can’t See”: The Latent Characteristics That Structure Autocratic Rule. Here is the abstract: Research on autocratic regimes in comparative politics and international relations has burgeoned in the past two decades, and often uses categorical typologies of autocratic regimes to distinguish among different types ...

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New Defense of Liberal Culturalism

New Defense of Liberal Culturalism

Princeton University Press has released Alan Patten’s new book, Equal Recognition: The Moral Foundations of Minority Rights. Patten is Professor of Politics at Princeton and the author of an important book on Hegel’s political philosophy. Read the Introduction of his new book here [PDF]. Description: Conflicting claims about culture are a familiar refrain of political life in the contemporary world. ...

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Political Islam and Democracy

Political Islam and Democracy

Andrew March (Yale) has posted Political Islam: Theory on SSRN, forthcoming in Annual Review of Political Science. Here is the abstract: This essay focuses on questions addressed in a variety of literatures that pertain to the ideological, normative, symbolic and epochal aspects of political Islam. Political theorists, historians, sociologists and anthropologists have disagreed on whether political Islam is an exclusively ...

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Philip Pettit on the Infrastructure of Democracy

Philip Pettit on the Infrastructure of Democracy

  Philip Pettit, Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and Human Values at Princeton University, delivered the keynote lecture: “The Infrastructure of Democracy” at the UCD Garret FitzGerald Summer School, University College Dublin, Ireland on 20th June 2014.

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New Edited Volume on Majority Decisions

New Edited Volume on Majority Decisions

Majority Decisions:  Principles and Practices Edited by Stéphanie Novak (Hertie School of Governance, Berlin) and Jon Elster (Columbia University, College de France) Published by Cambridge University Press (June 2014)   Description: This book presents the most complete set of analytical, normative, and historical discussions of majority decision making to date. One chapter critically addresses the social-choice approach to majority decisions, ...

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New Book: ‘The Awakening of Muslim Democracy’

New Book: ‘The Awakening of Muslim Democracy’

The Awakening of Muslim Democracy Religion, Modernity, and the Stat Author: Jocelyne Cesari Published by Cambridge University Press (April 2014) Description: Why and how did Islam become such a political force in so many Muslim-majority countries? In this book, Jocelyne Cesari investigates the relationship between modernization, politics, and Islam in Muslim-majority countries such as Egypt, Iraq, Pakistan, Tunisia, and Turkey ...

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Democratic Parliamentary Monarchies

Democratic Parliamentary Monarchies

The current issue of Journal of Democracy (April 2014) has an open-access essay titled Democratic Parliamentary Monarchies [PDF], by Alfred Stepan, the late Juan Linz, and Juli F. Minoves. Drawing attention to the role that monarchies have played in the evolution of democracy, the authors contend that the west European experience can show how the Arab monarchies might assist or resist ...

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Democracy Does Cause Economic Growth

Democracy Does Cause Economic Growth

Daron Acemoglu (MIT), Suresh Naidu (Columbia), Pascual Restrepo (MIT), and James A. Robinson (Harvard) have posted Democracy Does Cause Growth on SSRN. Here is the abstract: We provide evidence that democracy has a significant and robust positive effect on GDP. Our empirical strategy relies on a dichotomous measure of democracy coded from several sources to reduce measurement error and controls ...

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New Book: ‘Democracy Disfigured’

New Book: ‘Democracy Disfigured’

Harvard University Press has published this month Democracy Disfigured: Opinion, Truth, and the People, by Nadia Urbinati (Columbia University). Description: In Democracy Disfigured, Nadia Urbinati diagnoses the ills that beset the body politic in an age of hyper-partisanship and media monopolies and offers a spirited defense of the messy compromises and contentious outcomes that define democracy. Urbinati identifies three types ...

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Jeremy Waldron on the Agency Model of Accountability

Jeremy Waldron on the Agency Model of Accountability

Jeremy Waldron has posted Accountability: Fundamental to Democracy on SSRN. Here is the abstract: This paper defends a new and aggressive version of the agency model of accountability. It argues that officials and representatives in a democracy have an obligation to make available to citizens full information about what they have been doing. It is not permissible for them to ...

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