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The APSA Task Force Report: Democratic Imperatives

The APSA Task Force Report: Democratic Imperatives

Democratic Imperatives: Innovations in Rights, Participation, and Economic Citizenship Report of the American Political Science Association Task Force on Democracy, Economic Security, and Social Justice in a Volatile World.  June 2012 Description: In this recently released report, the task force offers insight from the field of political science into innovations that can help to reduce democratic deficits, increase legitimacy, and ...

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Alfred Stepan on Twin Tolerations

In an interview with The Immanent Frame, Alfred Stepan talks about religion and democracy, multiple secularisms, and his recent article on Tunisia’s democratic transition. Excerpt: What I was increasingly convinced about was that the relationship between democracy and religion as theorized in the classic studies of secularism was not the norm in many countries that were actually democracies. Classical secularist ...

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Forecasting Democratic Transitions and Breakdowns

Jay Ulfelder has posted Forecasting Democratic Transitions and Breakdowns at SSRN. The paper describes the methods and results of a research conducted in 2009 for the Political Instability Task Force. Jay Ulfelder is an American political scientist and freelance consultant. He blogs at Dart-Throwing Chimp. Excerpt: Our latest analysis led to the following findings (with the “other things being equal” caveat attached ...

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Adam Przeworski Takes Apart US Democracy Promotion Abroad

Adam Przeworski Takes Apart US Democracy Promotion Abroad

This is a video from the biennial conference by the Center for the Study of American Democracy at Kenyon College, under the title “Should America Promote Democracy Abroad?“, held on April 12-14, 2012. See conference program here. Adam Przeworski speaks from 0:45.

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Twin Tolerations in Tunisia

Twin Tolerations in Tunisia

New issue of Journal of Democracy (April 2012, Volume 23, Number 2) is out. As previously announced in his piece at The Immanent Frame, Alfred Stepan has an essay in this issue, discussing in more detail the backdoor story of successful democratic transition in Tunisia and the country’s “usable past” and cultural heritage that help it to become “twin tolerations–friendly”. ...

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Conference: ‘Guillermo O’Donnell and the Study of Democracy’

Conference: ‘Guillermo O’Donnell and the Study of Democracy’

In celebration of immense legacy of the eminent political scientist Guillermo O’Donnell (1936–2011), one of the pioneers of democratization studies, an international academic conference under the title ‘Guillermo O’Donnell and the Study of Democracy‘ will be held in O’Donnell’s hometown of Buenos Aires on 26-27 March, 2012. The conference features six panels and a closing session. See the program here. ...

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Authoritarian Reactions to Colour Revolutions

Authoritarian Reactions to Colour Revolutions

The current issue of Democratization (Volume 19, Issue 1, Feb 2012) is devoted to special theme of “Reassessing Coloured Revolutions and Authoritarian Reactions“. In introductory essay, No more colour! Authoritarian regimes and colour revolutions in Eurasia, Evgeny Finkel and Yitzhak M. Brudny propose a new typology of authoritarian reactions to the challenge of coloured pro-democracy uprisings, and present the main findings of ...

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Do Muslims Prefer ‘Religious Democracy’?

Pippa Norris has a new online research paper that examines the popular supprt for secular democracy in Muslim majority countries: Muslim support for secular democracy [PDF] Here is the abstract: Stirrings of popular unrest during the ‘Arab spring’ have renewed debate about the regimes most likely to replace traditional autocracies in the region. This development raises many questions, in particular, ...

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Why Tunisia and Egypt And Not Yet Iran?

Why Tunisia and Egypt And Not Yet Iran?

  This is a lecture given by Nader Hashemi (Denver) at the University of Colorado at Boulder, on Thursday, 1 March, 2012. In the aftermath of the stolen presidential election in 2009, pro-democracy protests rocked the Islamic Republic of Iran leading to the emergence of the Green Movement. This democratic movement prefigured the 2011 Arab democratic revolts by virtue of its ...

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