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Philippe Schmitter on Democratization in the MENA Region

Philippe Schmitter has posted online a new paper, assessing the prospects for democratization in the MENA region: Ambidextrous Democratization and Its Implications for MENA [PDF] He shares there: [A] set of speculative observations that seem (to me) to describe significant differences between late-democratizing efforts in MENA and earlier ones in Southern Europe, Latin America and Eastern Europe in terms of ...

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New Data on Autocratic Regimes

A new working paper by Barbara Geddes, Joseph Wright, and Erica Frantz introduces “a new data set that provides transition information for the 280 autocratic regimes (in 110 countries with more than a million population) in existence from 1946 to 2010. The data set also identifies how regimes exit power, how much violence occurs during transitions, and whether the regimes ...

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Explaining Diverging Responses to Anti-Regime Protest in Egypt and Iran

Jean Lachapelle (University of Toronto), Lucan Way (University of Toronto), and Steven Levitsky (Harvard University) have posted their interesting paper, already presented for the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting 2012, at SSRN: Crisis, Coercion, and Authoritarian Durability: Explaining Diverging Responses to Anti-Regime Protest in Egypt and Iran Here is the abstract: Focusing on Iran in 2009 and Egypt in ...

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Prospects for Democratization in the Arab World

Prospects for Democratization in the Arab World

The RAND Corporation has published Democratization in the Arab World: Prospects and Lessons from Around the Globe, by E. Miller, Jeffrey Martini, F. Stephen Larrabee, Angel Rabasa, Stephanie Pezard, Julie E. Taylor, Tewodaj Mengistu. The authors analyze past democratization examples over nearly four decades and examine the challenges to democratization in the Arab world and how similar challenges were overcome ...

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New Book: The Soldier and the Changing State

New Book: The Soldier and the Changing State

Princeton University Press releases Zoltan Barany’s important book, The Soldier and the Changing State: Building Democratic Armies in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Zoltan Barany is the Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Centennial Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. Read the introduction here [PDF]. Description: The Soldier and the Changing State is the first book to ...

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Arab Spring and Rentier State Theory

Martin Beck and Simone Hüser from GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies (Hamburg) have posted online a new working paper that examines the empirical results of political diversification in the Arab world in terms of type of rule and degree of regime stability. Their analysis draws heavily on theory of rentier state: Political Change in the Middle East: ...

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‘The Day After’ Project for a Democratic Transition in Syria

‘The Day After’ Project for a Democratic Transition in Syria

After holding secret talks in Berlin, during the period from January to June 2012, hosted and sponsored by Deutsche Institut für Internationale Politik und Sicherheit, in partnership with the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), 45 members of the Syrian opposition presented last week a detailed proposals for a transition to democracy once the regime of Bashar Assad has collapsed. This ...

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Extreme Bounds Analysis of Democratization

In an article published (OnlineFirst) by Journal of Conflict Resolution, Martin Gassebner, Michael J. Lamla, and James Raymond Vreeland apply extreme bounds analysis (EBA) to the study of democratization: Extreme Bounds of Democracy [PDF] Here is the abstract: What determines the emergence and survival of democracy? The authors apply extreme bounds analysis to test the robustness of fifty-nine factors proposed ...

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New Study on Democratic Breakthroughs

This study, entitled Democratic Breakthroughs: The Ingredients of Successful Revolts, by Ray Salvatore Jennings and funded by the United States Institute of Peace, “examines fifteen instances of democratic breakthrough. Eleven of these breakthroughs were considered successful, and four failed.[…] In the course of preparing this study, Arab Spring revolutions began unfolding throughout the Middle East and North Africa, prompting an unexpected—but ...

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Olivier Roy on Democratic Change in the Arab World

Olivier Roy on Democratic Change in the Arab World

The latest issue of Journal of Democracy (July 2012) has an excellent, open access article by Olivier Roy on The Transformation of The Arab World [PDF]. He explains how social and cultural changes, and the diversification and individualization of the religious field pave the way for democratization in the Arab world, and push the Islamists to adjust their political agenda ...

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