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Why Sanctions Fail to Instigate Democratization

Why Sanctions Fail to Instigate Democratization

From German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Julia Grauvogel and Christian von Soest have posted online a new working paper, titled: Claims to Legitimacy Matter: Why Sanctions Fail to Instigate Democratization in Authoritarian Regimes [PDF]. Here is the abstract: International sanctions have been one of the most commonly used tools of Western foreign policy in the post‐Cold War era ...

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Sidney Tarrow’s New Book on Contentious Politics

Sidney Tarrow’s New Book on Contentious Politics

The Language of Contention: Revolutions in Words, 1688–2012 Author: Sidney Tarrow (the Emeritus Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Government at Cornell University) published by Cambridge University Press (August 2013) Description: This book examines the relations between the material and political bases of contentious politics and the construction, diffusion, and endurance of contentious language. Beginning with the language of revolution developed ...

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Coups and Democracy

Coups and Democracy

Nikolay Marinov (Yale University) and Hein E. Goemans (University of Rochester) have posted Coups and Democracy in SSRN, forthcoming in British Journal of Political Science. Here is the abstract: We use new data on coup d’états and elections to document a striking development: whereas the vast majority of successful coups before 1991 installed durable rules, the majority of coups after ...

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Democratization Theory and the “Arab Spring”

Democratization Theory and the “Arab Spring”

The current issue of Journal of Democracy (April 2013) has published Democratization Theory and the “Arab Spring” [PDF], by Alfred Stepan and Juan J. Linz. This is the text of  the Ninth Annual Seymour Martin Lipset Lecture on Democracy in the World that Stepan delivered on November 13, 2012 at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C ( I posted the ...

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Oil and Autocratic Regime Survival

Oil and Autocratic Regime Survival

New draft paper by Joseph Wright, Erica Frantz, and Barbara Geddes examines how oil revenues promote autocratic survival: Oil and Autocratic Regime Survival [PDF] Here is the abstract: Does oil income stabilize autocratic regimes? While the conventional wisdom claims that oil wealth prolongs autocratic rule by hindering democratization, recent challenges to this claim suggest that no relationship between oil and ...

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Panel Discussion: ‘Civil Rights in Muslim Democracies’

Panel Discussion: ‘Civil Rights in Muslim Democracies’

On January 28, 2013, Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs held a panel discussion entitled “Civil Rights in Muslim Democracies” with Jocelyne Cesari, Senior Research Fellow at the Berkley Center, Daniel Brumberg, Associate Professor of Government and Co-Director of Democracy and Governance Studies at Georgetown University, José Casanova, Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University, and Nader ...

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Why Wait for Democracy?

Why Wait for Democracy?

In an article in current issue of The Wilson Quarterly (Winter 2013), Larry Diamond challenges the culturalist and structuralist arguments that non-Western and developing countries are not yet “ready” for democracy: Why Wait for Democracy? Here are two excerpts: The cultural arguments against the prospects for democracy in developing nations were the most tenacious, and they came both from the ...

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“Democratic Sanctions” and Democratization

“Democratic Sanctions” and Democratization

Using a new data set that covers post‐Cold War sanctions for the period 1990–2010, a new working paper argues that, contrary to previous research, sanctions have a positive effect on democratization: Sanctions and Democratization in the Post-Cold War Era, by Christian von Soest and Michael Wahman. Here is the abstract: Previous research, which has focused mostly on pre‐1990 dynamics, has shown that ...

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Freedom House Report: ‘Freedom in the World 2013’

Freedom House Report: ‘Freedom in the World 2013’

Freedom House released today its annual report on the state of global freedom: Freedom in the World 2013. The Freedom House report evaluates the civil liberties and political rights of 195 countries during 2012. According to the report, as the year 2012 drew to a close, events in the Middle East dramatized two competing trends: demands for change pushed forward ...

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